5 Easy Ways to De-Stress After the Holidays

After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season comes to an end, use these five tips to relax and start the new year with a clear mind. 

Cheryl Butler
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Now that the last package has been unwrapped and the holiday rush is behind you, grab your favorite beverage and cozy up in your family room or wherever you can enjoy the beautiful decorations you worked so hard to deck your halls with, and take a breather. 

As exciting as the holidays are, for many it comes with an exhausting price tag. The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a wonderful time to unwind and just “be." If you and your family went full throttle during the season, here are five easy ways you can kick back and de-stress.

5 Easy Ways to De-Stress After the Holidays

  1. Play Board Games
  2. Schedule a Lazy Day
  3. Head to the Library
  4. Spend Time with Nature
  5. Go On a Spending Diet

Here’s a closer look at each.

1. Play Board Games

If you’re craving some good, old-fashioned fun that won’t break the bank, get your favorite board games out and make an entire afternoon or evening of it. With all the technology that encompasses our lives, sitting down to a great game of Checkers or a staple game like Monopoly or Scrabble can help un-frazzle your harried holiday mindset.

2. Schedule a Lazy Day.

Forget about your errands and to-do list and give yourself the day (or even a few) off post-holidays. Stay in your pajamas, drink hot cocoa all day long and do nothing but watch your most loved movies, indulge in a winter nap, soak in a hot bubble bath and just chill out with your family.

3. Head to the Library

With our busy schedules, we can often neglect one of the biggest gems in our very own community—the local library. Treat your kids and yourself to a trip to your library and pick out some fun reads or family classic DVDs to start the New Year with.

4. Spend Time with Nature

Winter, no matter what region of the country you may live in, is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. The air is crisp, and if we’re used to being cooped up in the colder temps, we don’t get to appreciate the great outdoors nearly enough. Enjoy a brisk walk on the beach, or visit a new park in an area that you never frequent. Breathe in the coolness and feel renewed when you listen to the quiet rustle of the trees in the still winter air.

5. Go On a Spending Diet

If you strayed a little off your holiday budget, and the incoming bills have you fretting, make a pact to go on a “spending diet” and only pay your regular bills and buy your basic necessities. Try to live off of the food you already have in your pantry. Forget about eating out and running to the mall for a new sweater for your office presentation. Stick to the plan and put the savings towards your holiday bills. You may even discover this is easier than you think and can start saving for a vacation or another special item for your family during the New Year.

For more ideas visit Mighty Mommy at quickanddirtytips.com.

All content here is for informational purposes only. This content does not replace the professional judgment of your own mental health provider. Please consult a licensed mental health professional for all individual questions and issues.

About the Author

Cheryl Butler Project Parenthood

Cheryl L. Butler was the host of the Mighty Mommy podcast for nine years from 2012 to 2021. She is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. You can reach her by email.