Post-Holiday Fatigue: Ideas for Helping Parents Rejuvenate
This holiday season, in particular, had me feeling tired and run-down. Although I’m looking forward to enjoying this long holiday weekend, I’m also ready for the inevitable post-holiday fatigue or blues (if you will). Now that all gifts have been opened and the celebrations have ended, a part of me feels sad that it’s all over. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy we’ve reached the end of the holiday errands and I’m excited that it’s finally time to recycle the million Amazon.com boxes that have piled up in my office. But I’ll miss the holiday magic that seems to filter into the world during this time of year. Here are some ways I plan to rejuvenate from post-holiday fatigue:
Ideas to Ward Off Post-Holiday Blues for Parents and Families
• Organize my closets and desk. For me, organizing home spaces is therapeutic and I have some projects that have been on my “to do” list for awhile.
• Watch movies with the kids. My daughter has been asking and this seems like the right year to introduce my kids to the Star Wars movies. No debate here – I’m starting with the original “A New Hope” and we’ll see how many we can squeeze in before the weekend is over. I’m thinking a movie marathon is in order.
• Spend some quiet time with my spouse. We haven’t had much quality alone time lately so I’m hoping we can connect this weekend.
• Play with the kids’ new toys or do an art project together. My kids are getting some Lego’s and games for the holiday and frankly I can’t wait to spend family time playing with them. Or, I may just open the art closet up for some unstructured creativity time.
• Put together a 2016 photo calendar. In past years, I’ve put together a family photo calendar as a holiday gift to my husband. Unfortunately, I haven’t managed to squeeze it in. But it’ll make a fun post-holiday activity and I can even include my 9-year-old daughter in the project. It’ll be fun looking through all our 2015 photos and sharing memories.
• Go for walks with the new puppy. Our puppy is three months old and loves to spend time outside. Spending time outdoors is also rejuvenating for me and the kids so I expect there will be lots of walks and maybe even a small hike over the weekend.
• Meet-up with a girlfriend for coffee. Coffee and girl talk – enough said!
I hope to get to at least a few of these this weekend. What about you? What’s on your list for the post-holiday weekend?