How to Recover the Day After Christmas

by Kristie Rohwedder

'Twas the day after Christmas, and all through the house, the post-holiday comedown struck everyone, even the mouse. Ah, December 26. We see you coming from a mile away (pardon me as I hit you with this mind-blowing piece of information, but the day after Christmas always occurs the day after Christmas), but you never cease to knock us flat on our tired keisters. The season a merry and bright season, yes, but it also can be a stressful and exhausting season. It'll tucker you right out.

So, how does one recover the day after Christmas? How does one come down from all of the excitement and hoopla? Sure, you could do something super healthy like go for a hike. Or you could do something super productive like organize your garage. Or you could do something emotionally fulfilling like spend time with friends and family.

...Or you could always just draw the blinds, curl up on the sofa, and give in to the Christmas hangover. (And hey, there isn't any shame in giving in to the Christmas hangover. The Christmas hangover is very real and very powerful. )

If you are consumed by the Christmas hangover, here are some tips to recovering:

Sleep in as long feels right

Listen to your body.

When you do wake up, don't change out of your PJs

Bare your teeth at anyone who dares to suggest you put on real clothes. You are recovering from a Christmas hangover. Staying comfortable is crucial.

If you must jazz up your ensemble, toss on a cape

You earned it.

Drink plenty of water

Dehydration will only exacerbate your Christmas hangover.

Only leave the couch when necessary

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, you ran around like a madperson to prepare for the holiday. Do the opposite on the 26th. Plop your butt and stay plopped.

Set your phone to Do Not Disturb

You aren't in any mood to field any phone calls or texts.

Watch a funny non-Christmas movie or five

Make sure it’s something that is guaranteed to make you laugh. Something that’ll take your mind off of the Christmas comedown.

Don't bother taking down the tree

Don’t fret about taking down the tree and boxing up the ornaments today. It isn’t urgent. You know what is more pressing? That you relax. (If the sight of the tree makes your stomach churn, throw a blanket over it.)

Eat those leftovers

You gotta eat something, so you might as well eat the leftovers before they spoil, duh. (You can begin to ease into a more balanced diet on the 27th.)

Drink anything but eggnog

The same goes for any other holiday beverage. They don't count as leftovers. It's time to move on. (Don't worry, the holiday drinks will be back on coffee shop menus before you know it.)

Don't look at any calendars

Christmas is a mere 364 days away. Looking at a calendar may give you the spins.

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