We purposely keep our holidays low key, but they still end up crazy as ever.
No matter how hard we try, we are always scrambling to get those last minute gifts made or purchased and everything beautifully wrapped (okay, just wrapped). Don’t even get me started on the time and energy it takes to make that large holiday meal, bake all those yummy goodies, and entertain extended family or out of town guests.
The food has all been consumed (and our waistlines show it), the guests have left, and the presents have all been put away. It is time to get back to real life, whatever that is, but how do you bring down the hype and slow life back down?
- Turn Off Technology. Yes, you heard that right. I said to turn off the brand new television, gaming system, cell phone, tablet, and computer for just a little while.
- Listen To Music. some calming music or sing songs slowly with the kids. At night when I am putting my twins to bed, we have this collection of songs we sing. If the day has been busy and we are trying to slow down, I sing them really slowly to set the pace for bedtime. It usually works.
- Read A Book. Curl up in a warm cozy blanket or sit by the fire and read a good book or magazine. I have a stack of books that I can never find the time to read. Reading is calming.
- Get Outside. Go for a nature walk or short hike (if the weather allows). We are fortunate enough to live in a city where it rarely snows, so our weather stays nice enough year round to get outside for the occasional walk.
- Learn A New Skill. Take the time to learn a new skill or teach one to someone. Consider hand-crafts that are calming like sewing, embroidery, crocheting, or knitting.
- Get Creative. Get out the art supplies and create. No rules. Just create.
- Games. Get out the board games and the playing cards and have some fun playing games with your kids.
- Write Letters. Write thank you cards for all your gifts or letters to friends and family just because.
- Play An Instrument. Get out your accordion or your tuba and have some fun. If you don’t play an instrument, listen to a friend play one or go to a concert.
- Do Something Relaxing. Do something you love, that relaxes you. The possibilities are endless. Just think of that one thing that you always wish you had time for and make the time.
What ways can you think of to slow down after a busy holiday season?
When Honey is not recovering from a busy holiday season, she can be found blogging over at Sunflower Schoolhouse.
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