Hello, Holiday Low: How to Survive Your Holiday Hangover
The glitzy tinsel and the sugary rush of the holidays tends to come with a consequence, and it's made up of two words nobody wants to hear: holiday hangover. It's like a strong slap in the face by reality, reminding you that all the fun from the weekend's stretch of corporate parties, family gatherings and disco nights are over and here you are, with an uneasy stomach and a wallet yelping from its great loss.
Holiday hangovers are real, and it's your body screaming, "What have you done to yourself?" Why, all you did was chug a few glasses of wine, eat your favorite yuletide cake and chatter with your favorite folks, because that's what the season is all about! There's a good chance your voice is hoarse from all that singing. And maybe your body is weary from all that dancing along to your daughter's Chainsmokers playlist.
Your New Year's resolution is plastered on the refrigerator door, but you have no will or strength to do it. Not now. So how do you start afresh after the holidays? Is it even possible? Well, you’re in luck. If you’re having a hard time to wake up from your holiday hangover, we’ve got some tips for you.
Rest. Yep. That's the first thing. Let your body recover from all the shopping and dining and partying you did for many nights. You might not be able to think properly, that’s because your internal system is silently asking for a time-out. Give yourself this gift. Make sure you clock in a nice few hours of rest before going back to your usual routine.
Detox. We often get rebellious streaks when asked to detox, but deep inside, we know how essential this is. You probably ate and drunk to an excess this holiday season, and now it's time to cut back on the carbs. Ignore the calling of your leftover pies and switch to yogurt instead. Have a salad. Drink lots of water. There's nothing like a rejuvenated body to welcome the new year.
Exercise. All the excess fats and carbs in your body need to be burned, and what better way to do that than a few sprints? Don't give your couch potato alter-ego a chance; move around, breathe in new air and bring your body back to its pre-holiday state. This releases endorphins, the stuff that makes you happy and this, in turn, wards off stress.
Treat yourself. That's right. You've survived the holidays and here you are, trying your best to overcome mountains as you face a new season. As you take one step forward, why not give yourself a gift for a job well done? Go to the spa. Buy the bag you always wanted. Get a haircut. You want to get all the positive vibes you need and this is one way to begin.
Make plans. After indulging in many pleasurable choices, it's now time to get back on the right track. Create a mood board for your next escape. Explore possibilities of getting promoted at work. Start a new artistic pursuit. Dream again. This new year opens doors for new beginnings, new decisions and new achievements. Get yourself ready; here comes another of life’s rollercoaster season, and you’re going to get through it.