Is there life after Christmas? Well there certainly was after the Mayan so-called doomsday,and there will be after this holiday season too. Though it may not start properly for many of us until normal levels of alcohol and blood sugar have been resumed. We may also need a bit more time to regain normal levels of emotional equanamity – whatever they may be – after binging on very close proximity to families and friends.
We really owe it to ourselves to take some time for complete rest and recuperation after what will have been a pressurised and stressful lead-up to the Christmas festivities for many people in this and many other countries – no matter how much we enjoy Christmas shopping, cooking and partying. We all know that too much of a good thing can be as problematic as too little.
Our advice to parents and families everywhere today is to take as much time as you can for your personal wellbeing – even if that means getting out to the post-Christmas sales – as long as you treat yourself afterwards to a long walk, a long hot bath, or simply time alone with your thoughts, with good music and with a good book. There should also be time to catch up with watching some decent TV – maybe a movie or two.
If we don’t take time for some or all of these things – and for regular hobbies and creative pursuits, even if it’s just a long, relaxing chat with someone close – and if we don’t encourage those who are our nearest and dearest to do the same – then what’s this life really all about?
There are many people already back in a regular work routine, whether they like it or not. For many of us, and especially for those who have found their ‘element’, work is anyway a blessing and something worthwhile.
However, if you’re a parent, no matter how old your children, how about going easy on the work front for the next few days – if you possibly can? Maybe your family needs you more than your work right now. Maybe you yourself will be best served by taking some extra time for yourself. There will be plenty of time for routines and hard work in 2013 – for those of us not coping with unemployment and underemployment.