How to recover from a midweek holiday slump

July 06, 2023 | Amanda Cramer

During major holidays that occur in the middle of the work week, we often underestimate the amount of time it takes for our bodies to recover from the festivities. Since the event has already passed, we cannot go back and change anything. However, we can focus on coping and taking care of ourselves today and throughout the weekend.

Here are a few helpful tips to recover from a midweek major holiday: 

1. Hydration

In order to stay healthy during hot summer days, it’s crucial to stay hydrated, both for yourself and your pets. Make sure to drink plenty of water, particularly after spending time in the sun. Additionally, you can maintain your body’s nutrients by consuming fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Remember to prioritize your health by keeping cool and staying hydrated.

2. Set Realistic Post-Holiday Goals

Getting back to your normal routine after a holiday can be hard. To make it easier, set realistic goals and avoid taking on too much work at once. Prioritize your tasks and break them down into smaller, more manageable steps. If you’re still feeling tired, determine what tasks are essential versus what can wait. You may find that some things can be put off until later.

3. Reflect and Savor the Memories

It’s important to set aside some time to reminisce about the holiday and cherish the happy moments that were created during the celebration. Doing things that make you happy, such as printing out new holiday pictures or sharing stories with family and friends, can help extend the positive impact of the holiday and improve your overall sense of well-being.

4. Rest & Movement

After the holiday season, it’s crucial to prioritize rest and sleep for the well-being of your body and mind. Getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night will help you fully recharge. Consider adding physical activity like taking a walk or gentle yoga, but only after ensuring you’ve gotten enough sleep.

Bonus tip

Letting your family know how you feel is super important. You can just say, “I’m feeling pretty tired and have a headache. How about we have some leftovers for dinner tonight?” That way, your loved ones can either agree or volunteer something else that works better for everyone. It’s always a good idea to share your preferences ahead of time.
Amanda Cramer, LICSW, MPH, is an integrative therapist at Omaha Integrative Care. She loves the beach and spending time with her husband, two kiddos, and two pups. 

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