Eat More Vegetables
Sure, you've got a lot of leftover ham in the fridge, but that doesn't mean you have to eat it right away. Wrap up some of the extra food and freeze it, then hit the market for fresh fruits and vegetables. Without all the cookies, cakes, and eggnog, you'll naturally fall back to your comfortable weight, but the vitamins and minerals available in fresh fruits and vegetables are much needed this time of year. Bright greens and fresh juices will help fight off impending colds for the end of winter and give you more energy for the New Year. You can easily make a nice chef's salad with leftover ham and turkey, or simply spend January planning your meals around seasonal vegetables instead of around your protein.
Grab your walking shoes and move, move, move! The best way to battle all emotional conditions, from Seasonal Affective Disorder to the emotional letdown of an empty social calendar, is to exercise. You don't have to hit the gym for 3 hours a day, but you should fill that extra time with jogs around the neighborhood, or lunchtime walks with friends and coworkers. Think about what places in your life are in walking distance, like the kids' school, work, or the grocery store, and make a point to walk there once a week.
Change Your Scenery
It can be hard to get your life back on track with remnants of the tree and Christmas cookie crumbs littering your life, so make some changes to your home and kitchen decor. Update your curtains, buy a new wall clock, or change the wallpaper. Decorate your fridge, or repaint the bathroom. A nice change of scenery will trick you into feeling spring is right around the corner, and make it easier to escape the holiday slump.
Give, Give, Give
Now that you've played around with all of your expensive and cheap toys from Christmas, decide which ones are the favorites, and give the rest away. Nothing restores the spirit like generosity, and nobody needs 15 sets of Legos or three extra cell phones. Find people who could benefit from these slightly used goods, and utilize sites like Freecycle to make someone's day!
Plan A Trip
The idea of planning a trip might seem overwhelming as you recover from December's expenses, but a recent study shows that the process of merely planning a trip can increase your happiness. You might not actually make it to Greece in June or Machu Picchu in September, but planning some kind of trip can give you a fun hobby and something to look forward to.
Get Involved In Something New
Now is a great time to start a new hobby or activity. Whether that means you volunteer with a nonprofit program like Girls on the Run, or you start taking ballroom dance lessons once a week, January is a great time to expand your horizons and start something new. Sign up for those cooking classes you've always wanted to take, or join a book club! Exciting new activities can easily fill the void left by the holidays, and give an outlet to those who need a little "me time" after a busy holiday season.
Hopefully these tips will help you get your schedule and life back on track in the new year. When you're ready to attack the clutter and get organized, be sure to check out LTD's household storage essentials, food storage containers and holiday organizers. We're here to help you make this the best year yet!