Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.
Pay your body back for the late night and any bibulous abuses by drinking plenty of water, having some aspirin, feeding yourself a good solid breakfast (in the afternoon if that's the soonest you're ready for it), and going for a long, gentle walk.
Welcome to a new year!
Have a midday snooze today.
A walk might be nice at some point too.
And having a conversation with someone more than twice or less than half your age.
Today would be a perfect day to take a break with a dumb movie you love or watching cartoons or telling knock knock jokes with little kids or going drinking with a big gang of friends dressed in Santa outfits.
Gosh, are you getting swept up in seasonal social events too? Hope you're having fun and keeping a light heart as you bustle about.
Just remember to drink enough water and try to get a full night's sleep whenever you can.
Also, if you can snatch 20 or 30 minutes alone time now and then to just read some fiction or otherwise kick back without accomplishing anything, do! I find it can charge my batteries enough to get happily through the next round of putting on fancy clothes & uncomfortable shoes.
Sleep in this weekend.
Really, trust me on this. December is about to get really nuts with events and holidays and dealing with people who are all wound up.
For at least an extra hour each morning, opt out. Sleeeeep.
Family with small children/Morning persons edition:
Go to bed early and good luck in the morning. At least maybe you can hold off on doing anything more than puttering around in your bathrobe.
Do what you need to do for yourself today (or as soon as you can if it's a travel day).
Eat lightly and blandly if your belly is weary.
Drink just water if your head is aching.
Sleep more if you're tired.
Be alone if you're tired of people.
If you're not, be with just those who give you energy rather than draining it.
Take whatever forms of rest you need. It's good for you to be good to yourself.
Even the best families can be annoying sometime, so I encourage you to do two things at those big gatherings:
#1 – When you need a little space, find a way to take it. Good techniques: walking the dog, washing some dishes, amusing the little kids, pleading food-induced need for a nap, showing the newest family member around the neighborhood, running a last-minute errand, having a shower.
#2 – Make space. Build some alone time into your events. Don't make a fuss over people retreating from time to time. Rescue the stressed.
Useful phrases include
"Mmm, fantastic. Who else is ready for a nap break?"
"I need a little walk before the pie, care to come along?"
"Mom, I can do that for you, but sit down for just a moment and tell me again about the trip where you got this vase. That was just after you two got married, right?"
"Okay, that's got about an hour more to cook and everything else is all ready, so you all can just relax or read or whatever and I'll let you know when we get close to dinner time."
Today I encourage you to have a good time. Let go of worries: attend, plan, and/or host a party!
Even if it's just you & a few friends playing board games, going to a movie or otherwise playing together, get your party mindset on and enjoy!
Tiaras may help.
Hooray! Soup Day!
Make soup today.
If you don't know how to make soup, it's Learn to Make Soup Day. Have a stone soup party if you don't have a recipe you've been wanting to try.
Go slow. Be kind, especially to yourself. Unknot your knots.
Recommended possibilities for you today:
– sleeping in
– reading for pleasure
– seeing a movie
– letting someone else cook for you & do the dishes
– taking a nap
– not worrying about what else you could be doing