POST-HOLIDAY HACK OF THE WEEK
Feeling some post-holiday blues?
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Post-Holiday Feel-Good Rituals
Avoid a post-holiday slump with these easy and restorative tips.
1) Schedule a power lunch or brunch.
Get your besties together to enjoy some delicious food, swap holiday stories, and discuss your hopes and dreams for 2023.
2) Practice gratitude while writing cute thank-you cards.
The thank-you card may seem old fashioned, but it promotes the modern practice of gratitude. Find some stationary you love and write notes to people you’re grateful for and tell them why, even if you didn’t exchange gifts. Focus your message on why you’re grateful to have them in your life instead of why you’re grateful for what they gave you.
3) Veg out.
The Everygirl has the scoop on why it feels so good to pile on the veggies:
“Thanks to ditching food rules, you bet I will be enjoying Christmas cookies, eggnog, and pasta. But I also know that those foods just don’t make me feel good. After eating too much gluten, dairy, or sugar, I feel sluggish, uncomfortably bloated, and typically get stomach aches or headaches. To stay my healthiest self and enjoy this time with my family as much as possible, I’ll still eat whatever I want (totally guilt-free), but my focus for each meal will be adding more veggies to the plate. Holiday side dishes like Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and the salad that no one touches are filled with good-for-you nutrients that will make me feel energized and satisfied. I’ll fill up my plate with the nutrients my body needs, while still being able to enjoy the traditional holiday foods that I love.”
4) Get outside and play.
According to the lifestyle gurus at Chopra, “Humans can tend toward hibernation in the fall and winter seasons. Shortened days can lead to less time to engage in outdoor activities. Holiday traditions like ice skating, hiking, and even raking leaves get you back outside. The fresh air and sunlight are good for your body and the time with others is good for your soul.”
5) Write a love letter to yourself.
Expound upon how wonderful you are and outline in detail all the ways you plan to treat yourself right.
Lynn Rossy recommends including:
- Your intentions
- What you want to do for yourself
- What you want to do for others
- What you want to avoid
6) Flow back into the flow.
A little yoga can boost your mood and reduce stress, and as the Rituals team says, practicing it regularly “will help you hold on to that relaxed and rosy just-back-from-vacation feeling, even long after it’s over.”
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