Whew! Is your head spinning? Is it really 2016? Another year has passed and it feels like yesterday was just 2015!
I must say the same thing over and over to myself every year, “I want to get so much done this year” and before you know it another year is gone.
The holidays seem to consume our lives and they’re over….just.like.that (snap of the finger).
Now that they’re officially gone, it’s recovery time.
So, when you’re head stops spinning and you finally get the nerve to come out of the fetal position over in the corner, read on to see just what you can do to get on with the New Year:
1. “Spring” clean
How many things did you accumulate over the holidays? All those new gifts need to go somewhere, right? And what about the stuff you no longer need or want? You can give it to a local charity or someone else you may know.
Doing some light decluttering around your house will surely get you moving in the right direction for the new year.
2. Check your finances
Did the holidays wipe your bank account out? Now is a good time to set up some type of savings for the rest of the year. Check my Pinterest board for some healthy finance ideas.
3. Organize your life
I’m busy and I can’t do it all without a calendar or planner of some sort. My kids have either dance, little league, school concerts, or something. Then, I also like to have a little bit of a life, too. So, all of our activities are written down to keep track.
Then don’t forget about your health. You can become so busy that your health starts to take a backseat.
Need a calendar for 2016? How about a fitness & health planner? Check out my Etsy shop where I create tools to keep you organized and inspired to live healthy.
OK, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “I just took time off for the holidays and now I’m back to work and I got to go relax?” Short answer: yes. Did you really relax being home over the holidays? I’ll answer for myself and say no – I was home with 3 kids for a week and a half.
So, I propose that since you’re not shopping like a crazy person and the kids are back in school, that you now take the time to actually relax.
5. Keep active
Yes, I know I told you to just relax. But, you can still find ways to be active in between your relaxation time. I’m pretty sure you ate more calories than your body could handle (or was that just me again???).
What better way to start the year off right then to pick up exercising where you left off…or perhaps you never exercised before, which now would be a great time to start.
6. Perform a kitchen detox
This is similar to #1, but it would be specific to the junk in your kitchen and not just any junk in your house. Maybe you need to start replacing some of the foods in your house with healthier choices.
Take a look at some of the ingredient labels, what do they say? If you start seeing a trend here of not-so-good ingredients, perhaps it’s time to get rid of those foods.
7. Overhaul your medicine cabinet
You may have been running yourself so ragged over the holiday season that you ended up sick. Or perhaps you caught a cold from your kids over the holiday week, like me.
And since we have real winter weather now it’s not a bad idea to think about some natural remedies you can take if you need to. Some of them are right in your kitchen and others, like elderberry syrup, can easily be obtained from your favorite natural foods store.
8. Detox your body
Detoxing your body isn’t just about juicing or deprivation. It’s about nourishing your body with what it needs. There are many different ways this can be done and most of them can be done right in your own home.
It’s up to you to figure out what to give your body since everyone will be different, but always make sure you pick the right things for the right reasons.
What other ways can you think of that will help you recover from the holidays and get on with the New Year?