After the Holidays, Give Yourself the Gift of Self-Care
Whew! You did it! You cleaned, and cooked, and readied your home for festivities. You entertained friends from work, church, and the neighborhood. You fed and housed far-flung family members for days on end. And you did it all without missing a beat.
You’ve been through the holiday routine so many times, you’ve got everything down to a science. But now that January has arrived, it’s time to add one more thing to your to-do list – YOU! Taking special care of yourself after a busy holiday season is a great way to get your New Year off to a great start.
Don’t Go It Alone
Too much alone time after a whirlwind of family gatherings can seem a bit sad. Why not enjoy an impromptu brunch with friends to come down from your holiday high? No cooking! No dishes! Let someone else take care of you for an hour or two while you trade stories, show pictures, and re-live the highlights of the recent holidays with your friends.
Reset Your Palate
Most of us overindulge during the holidays – too many sweets, too many drinks, too much of just about everything! Get back on your healthy eating track by gradually adding fruits and vegetables back in to your meals, opting for fiber-rich, flavorful soups and salads rather than creamy casseroles at dinner, and cutting and freezing any leftover holiday cookies or bars into single servings that you can pop out and warm up when you absolutely need a sweet reminder of the season just past.
Be Sweet to Your Feet
If you spent hours in the kitchen, cleaning up before and after guests, moving nonstop to make sure that everyone was happy, full, and content, your feet may need some extra TLC. Think about scheduling a pedicure or foot reflexology session, or ask your significant other to indulge you in a foot massage and some cozy socks. Put your feet up at the end of the day, every day, for 30 minutes or so to give them a much-needed break.
Turn Down the Noise
January is the perfect time for self-reflection, and to be truly mindful, you need peace and quiet. Spend time with just your thoughts to keep you company. Unplug from social media. Add music if it helps you ground yourself and focus on your feelings. Practice gratitude for the recent time spent with family and friends. Think about how great if felt to be of service in your community – at a food shelf or other volunteer event. Reflect on the year behind you, and things you’d like to do in the year ahead.
It’s perfectly okay to be a little self-indulgent after the holidays. Keep the focus on what helps you feel relaxed and calm, and more like your non-holiday self. Resist the temptation to make lists of things that didn’t go as well as planned, things you’ll do differently when the holidays roll around again, and just relax and enjoy the here and now, and the sparkling New Year ahead of you.