Tips to Recover After a Chaotic Holiday Weekend
Ahh the holidays. The days that we wait for all year. Family and friends, good food, good times, burnt side dishes, lumpy gravy, family drama etc., etc., etc. While the holidays themselves are joyous, recovering can be a bit of a downer. We often find ourselves with our routine and our calories completely out of whack. Here are a few tips to help you get back on track and back to normal.
Too much food, too much drink, stress, and shopping can be so taxing and you could easily find yourself dehydrated. As you recover make sure to keep that water flowing. Drinking plenty of water helps with digestion and keeps you alert and strong.
-Start with a Smoothie
After days of filling the belly, start Monday morning with a healthy breakfast smoothie. It's a great way to boost your energy and get that detox going. New to smoothing? Check out these recipes for super healthy smoothies.
-Get Back to Normal
Don't treat Monday morning as an extension of the weekend. This can ruin the whole week. Wake up on Monday morning at your normal time and get back to your normal routine. This will go a long way towards your well being and level of productivity for the whole week.
-Clean as You Go
Cooking and entertaining can wreak havoc on the home. Keep the kitchen sink full of soapy water as you cook to wash those non-dishwasher safe items. Wipe off counters regularly to keep crumbs at bay. Give the vacuum a quick run as soon as your guests leave. It's also helpful to keep a bin handy to toss in random items that find themselves out of place.
-Take a Bath
Try to take 30 minutes on Sunday evening to take a warm soak and relax. Essential oils such as lavender have a calming effect, and you know you need that by now!
-Don't Over Analyze
Spending so much time with family can be super stressful. You know, that one aunt that ALWAYS has something to say. The crazy uncle. The in-laws. Old grudges as well as new ones can tear away at your well being. Whether you are a host or a guest, remain gracious and don't over think it. Just enjoy yourself and count your blessings.