A Holiday’s Hangover
The months leading up to the winter holidays are always joyous. There is this anticipatory feeling of happiness looming over me, and everything I do seems like it’s in the spirit of something cheerful, exciting, and festive. But, what happens when everything festive suddenly stops? When the giant buildup of the holidays has come and gone? When I’ve put away the last twinkling light and stored the last scented candle? What now? Right after New Year’s Eve, it seems like all I have waiting for me are resolutions, snow, and more snow. Do you know what I call this feeling? This post-holiday funk? I call this a case of a holiday’s hangover.
What Is a Holiday’s Hangover?
Unlike an alcohol induced-hangover, a holiday’s hangover can’t repair itself in a day with coconut water, ibuprofen, and a cold compress. A holiday’s hangover can last for weeks with little hope of a cure in sight. Why? Because we spend two months gearing up for a season full of gift-giving, magic, and tradition, that we sometimes forget to take care of the very thing that keeps us grounded. We forget to take care of ourselves. Then what? What happens when the toys break, the homework piles up, and there isn’t an Elf on the Shelf forcing your kids to behave? All of these things cause the holiday’s hangover, and the cure is as simple as breaking out more cowbell.
Since there isn’t really a straightforward answer for finding a cure for the holiday’s hangover, we have to look at a few things that can help ease us out of this festive funk. Whatever it is that ails you after the holidays, remove it from your life. Simply put, life will get back to normal, and you can get rid of that nasty hangover once and for all (or at least until next season).
Self-care. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times. Self-care is one of the most important things a person can do for themselves. It’s not selfish to take care of yourself. You’ve spent months making sure everyone has the perfect whatever, so why can’t you spend a few weeks getting yourself back to a functioning state? Trust me, your family really will appreciate it in the end. What does self-care look like for you? Is it reading a book every night before bed? Is it washing your dang makeup off of your face every night? Is it slathering yourself with lavender scents to help you sleep? Is it eating at least one healthy meal that’s not consumed in your car? Is it going to yoga or CrossFit?
I can’t tell you what works for you, but I can tell you that for me, the only way to get rid of a holiday’s hangover is to do something or some things for myself! Sometimes my self-care routines change, but these routines always come back and help me feel better. I crave the routine.
As much as we might complain about the daily grind, it’s the daily grind that keeps us sane. Routine is important for everyone, and after a few weeks of sleeping in, eating cookies for breakfast, and watching the thirty-sixth Hallmark Channel movie, our bodies start craving those old routines again. The very thing we complained about, we now desperately want back. We want to remember what it is like to drink water instead of vodka. We want our kids to go to sleep before it’s actually the next day. We want our significant others to go to work so we can spend thirty minutes of our morning in our bathroom plucking our eyebrows and messing around with our newest age-defying serums. We want to get back to the carpools, and the dog walks, because those are the things that we need to feel better.
So…cheers, bottoms up, l’chaim, or whatever it is you want to toast to this year. Get yourself back to taking care of you, and suddenly that hangover will disappear! I, for one, don’t like feeling yucky, so for me, I am back to my self-care routines starting TODAY. Heck, before I know it, it will be time to complain that the Christmas music is ruining my Halloween again!