Well, we made it. The tree was trimmed, the halls were decked, and we rang in the new year with loads and loads of holiday cheer.
And now, it’s back to reality.
Maybe you’re starting off the new year with a fire underneath of you to do all the things and accomplish all the goals and tackle all those fitness aspirations. Maybe the holiday season left you feeling rested and invigorated, renewed and refreshed after parties and good food and lots of family time.
Or maybe you’re just feeling just a little worn down. Maybe your kids were sick over the holidays and you’ve barely left the house and you’re incredibly behind on work and your house is trashed and you’re dragging and somehow, you feel more depleted than ever after your holiday “break.”
If that’s you, don’t worry. You’re in good company. A lot of people are feeling the same way you are and the truth is, all of that “New Year, New You” stuff is pressure you don’t necessarily need in your life. If it motivates you, then by all means, go for it. But if you’re starting off the new year after the holidays just feeling kind of lost and tired, here are a few simple ways to reset and recharge without getting overwhelmed.
Give yourself permission to go slow. Social media might make it look like everyone is revving into the new year at full speed ahead while you’re still dragging behind, but appearances can be deceiving. There is no right pace for everyone and if you need a little slower pace to get moving, then that’s OK. Ease your way into the month and back into your routine after the holidays and don’t feel guilty about it. You’ll find your groove and in the meantime, there’s no use in wasting time feeling like you’re doing something “wrong” for going slow. Going slow can be intentional and that’s a positive thing.
Ditch the resolutions. Yup, I said it. Who need ‘em? Again, if resolutions really light a fire under you, then by all means, make as many as you want. But if trying to make (and keep) resolutions has you feeling stressed, leave them behind. You can still improve your life without making resolutions, I promise.
Plan a retreat. There’s something slightly depressing about the post-holiday lull, isn’t there? The decorations come down, the tree gets put away, the lights stop twinkling…and it feels like we have nothing to look forward to anymore. To lift and renew your spirits, plan your own personal retreat. If it’s in your budget, plan a short getaway to someplace warm and sunny, even if it’s just for a weekend. And if a staycation is more your style, stay in and focus on renewing your spirit. Send the kids away, draw a bath, read a book, journal, and focus on nourishing your mind and body with healthy, yummy foods and lots of time for reflection. It’s the perfect way to reset after that post-holiday darkness settles into our lives.
Get back to the basics. Many times, we are tricked into believing that the key to a bigger, better, more successful life lies in the grand and epic gestures. We think we have to change everything about our lives or move to a new country or lose tons of weight or buy the huge house or quit our jobs to truly be happy. But more often than not, happiness is found in focusing on the basics. Curling up in front of a cozy fire, moving our bodies in someway everyday, spending time with family, and having something to look forward to in hard times.
The holidays may have depleted you, but the new year doesn’t have to overwhelm you. Get back to the basics in focusing on things that make you feel good, from an exercise practice you love to the new book you’ve been waiting to read, and let the new year unfold slowly as you ease your way into it.
After all, what’s the rush? The year isn’t going anywhere and you can take all the time you want to reset after the holidays before diving back into a new year.