To me, the holidays are one of the best times of the year. The only thing is that there is a lot of buildup to Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s that once the holidays pass, it seems as if there is nothing to look forward to. Resolutions will be broken, the 5-8 pounds that people supposedly gain will finally hit reality, and the holiday cheer will be gone. I know, this sounds depressing. I’m not trying to be! It’s the reality of it, but this year instead of being sad that the holidays are over, reflect fondly on these times and head into the new year with a different point of view. Look at 2012 as a good challenge, and work hard each day to make it your best day ever.
Keep your homemade snow globes on your desk, frame memories from family and friend gatherings, and don’t beat yourself up about the extra 5 pounds – you enjoyed those cookies right?! So before you sign up for the newest juice cleanse, just remember to give yourself time to recover. The holidays are a fun, stressful, beautiful, and magical time of the year, now it’s time to leave winter wonderland and enter the real world…but if your spirits are still broken, only 11 more months until next year!
Here are some things you can do to recover from the holidays:
◊ Put your homemade snow globes on your desk to keep a piece of the holidays within reach at all times
◊ Finish up those thank you cards!! – these are some great options
◊ Volunteer at a local animal shelter – animals need love all year!
◊ Try a new recipe – without the pressure from family and friend get-togethers
◊ Clean up your Christmas decorations – organize them neatly so next year those tangled lights won’t be a hassle
◊ Read – you would think there would be enough time to read during the holidays, but there always ends up being more to do than you originally planned