The holiday chaos can leave you feeling flat and worn out. Relationships suffer in the rush to get everything organised. Excess food leaves you feeling bloated and unattractive while the hangovers can be horrific.
Now that the festivities are over it is time to recharge ready for the New Year. Here are our top tips for both singles and couples to get you back on track.
Time for you.
Even if you are in a relationship, have kids or have to go back to work, taking time out for yourself is essential.
It doesn’t have to be for hours at a time. Take a nice relaxing bath or have 10 minutes sitting alone. It could be all you need to recharge your batteries for the year ahead.
It is important to remember that others in your household may need to do the same. Allowing them the time is just as important as taking time for yourself.
Spend time together.
It is often important to reconnect with our loved ones after a busy period. Having to spend time away, dedicated to other things could leave them feeling neglected.
Arrange a date night with your or an evening snuggled together on the sofa with a film and a bottle of wine. Your relationship will thank you for it.
Don’t forget the little people.
Having children can be demanding at the best of times, all they want is attention from their parents. While this is frustrating when you are busy you will miss it when they are older and independent.
The holiday chaos will limit the amount of quality time you can spend with your kids. Have some quality family time when the madness is over. Play with their new toys, do a craft project together or just sit and watch a film together.
Find time for friends.
It’s not just our close relationships that can suffer over the holidays.
Take time to reconnect with friends before New Year. Friends are there for us when we need them. They are often our rock when life gets tough. Spending time with them can leave you feeling more positive for what lies ahead.
A quick coffee or light lunch is enough to catch up. Take the time to call those friends who live too far away to meet up with, and don’t forget any distant family too.
Many of us think about losing weight in the New Year, especially after the holiday feast. Watching what you eat now can help you to feel less bloated and more positive about the future. If you can resist the temptation now then any diet intentions will be successful in the future!
Think about donating any leftover chocolates and cakes to your local Hospice or care home. These will need to be unopened due to elf and safety but they will be appreciated and enjoyed.
How do you usually spend your time after the festive season? Let us know in the comments.