By now, the Visa bills have started rolling in, you’ve had at least a week back at work after a blissful couple of weeks off and you’re starting to waiver on those New Year’s Resolutions (stay strong!). Every year, thousands of people go through post-holiday withdrawal when they have to start facing reality once again. A reality that doesn’t including turkey dinners, presents under the tree and champagne toasts.
So how can you, as a resident of the fair city of Boulder, recover from the holidays without having to make an entirely new set of resolutions to do so?
Recycle your tree. If you’re anything like me, you cling to Christmas by holding on to your Christmas tree long after its expiration date. We finally took the tree down this weekend and will be taking it to the Western Disposal tree recycling program so that our tree can live another life as mulch in a beautiful Boulder garden in the summer. If you already got rid of your tree, I applaud you and am in awe of your motivation.
Go for a hike. We live in one of the most stunning cities in the country and we snuggle right up to nature’s playground. Studies show that getting out and walking for at least 30 minutes every day wards off depression and anxiety, not to mention the myriad of other health benefits. Get out there and get some perspective on your life. It’s pretty freaking beautiful.
Make a donation. If you love giving gifts during the holiday season, there’s no reason to stop giving just because the holidays are over. There are numerous nonprofits in Boulder that could benefit from a donation on your part. If you don’t have the money to donate, give the gift of volunteer hours. It will give you warm fuzzies being able to help and give you perspective and gratitude on your life.
Start meditation. There are several well-known centers for meditation in Boulder, so finding a place to clear your head and focus your intentions on positivity are relatively easy. Try the Shambahla Meditation Center; they offer several classes for beginners.
Be kind to your body. Yes, losing weight and exercising more are the most common New Year’s resolutions, but too often, the resolutions fail for any number of reasons. Instead, focus on being kind to your body. This means giving it the nice, healthy food that helps it function so much better; getting some exercise and giving your body the endorphins it loves so much. It also means not taking any of these healthy practices to such an extreme that you feel like you’re punishing your body. You know what else your body loves? Trips to the spa, time on a patio soaking in the sun and the serotonin released while laughing. Try some of those practices as well as exercise and healthy eating.
Sign up for a class. After the rush of the holidays, instead of falling back into the same old routine, shake things up by signing up for a class that interests you. You live in the same city as the University of Colorado; there are plenty of educational options! You don’t have to register; you can audit a class and get all the benefits of learning something new without stressing about your GPA.
Get out of your post-holiday rut! There are so many opportunities in Boulder to gain perspective on how truly lucky we are to have the resources and backdrop that we have. Do you have a sure fire way to beat the post-holiday blue? Share it in the comments.