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Bounce Back: Returning to Flow After Holiday Burnout


The beginning of the year can be an interesting time for us all. Whether or not you partake in holiday celebrations, the end of the year is filled with fluctuations that throw off our usual rhythms and schedules. I can say personally that the past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activities - spending time with family and friends, traveling, and preparing mentally for this year. To be completely honest, though fulfilling, it’s been exhausting - so much so that it has been a challenge to get back into the normal routine of things. 

If you’re anything like me, it’s important to give yourself grace during this period. Here are some tips to re-energize and reintegrate into life in the healthiest way possible.


Prioritize Rest

While many of us may want to hit the ground running with New Year’s resolutions and goals, it’s important to ease in. Many of us experienced an irregular sleep schedule over the past few weeks which, left unchecked, will be a source of greater energy depletion and eventually dis-ease. Avoid pushing yourself too hard physically. Focus on listening to your body over these next few weeks and re-regulating your sleep patterns so that you can show up as your best self. 


Limit Your Commitments

The holiday season brings a TON of responsibilities that can be a source of energy depletion. Now that this season is over, give yourself a little break. As much as possible, limit your daily responsibilities. If there are goals that you have set for yourself, think of the smallest possible step you can take that is still productive but won’t introduce stress into your life, and be content with that. As time progresses and you begin to fully integrate back into your pre-holiday stride, you can feel free to increase the momentum. 


Give Yourself Grace

The most important thing to remember is to give yourself grace during this time. Don’t judge yourself for slip-ups as you ease back into life. Maximize your self-care practice. Ask for support where you need it. 


Set yourself up for this year by learning to honor your energy. By doing so, you will be able to stay consistent and focused in the direction you’re trying to go. Sending you the best wishes for 2024!

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