How to Find Balance after the Holidays

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How to Find Balance after the Holidays

It’s already the middle of January, but it isn’t too late to find your balance again or to set new goals after the holidays. I’ve been lucky to have help taking down Christmas decorations (typically on New Year’s Day, although it sometimes varies if my adult kids are visiting). For me, taking down decorations is always an important part of moving on to a new season.

Here are my other main ways to find balance and move on into the New Year:

Take time to reflect on your life. This is a great time to spend at least a few extra minutes each day in prayer or meditation as you decide if you like the directionΒ  in which you’re heading. You’ll find more ideas on taking time for yourself here: Take a 30-Minute or 5-Minute Me-Break.

Set goals or challenges for yourself. I rarely make New Year’s resolutions, but I’ve fallen in love with 30-day challenges. If I miss a month, I can easily start a new one the next month. And it only requires 15 minutes a day … something that feels doable. Here are some ideas (and word-art freebies) for setting goals and challenges: It Isn’t too Late to Set Goals and Challenges.

If you have a friend or relative to help support you in your goals, even better! I actually only ate healthy, vegan meals over Christmas when my kids and kids-in-love visited during my daughter’s 6-Month Nutrition and Fitness Experiment. I wasn’t totally sugar-free and gluten-free, but I was able to help and be helped. That was great incentive to start a healthy New Year, too!

Keep things relaxed, and don’t be afraid to start over if necessary. I had to stay flexible and relaxed when I homeschooled my kids through high school, or I wouldn’t have made it through to high school graduation. By keeping things relaxed, my whole family loved it. My homeschooling efforts were far from perfect, but they worked out perfectly for my family. Here’s my post on How to Be a Relaxed Homeschooler with ideas you can adapt for homeschooling, blogging, or any long-term project that affects your family.

Have a relaxed and awesome year! πŸ™‚

Photo Credit: Flower photo in collage by Louise Docker at Flickr Creative Commons.


Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama

Welcome to the January 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting:
Recovering from the Holidays

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have written about how their families get back to normal after the holidays are over.

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:


  • Pinterest Inspiration for Easier Winter Holidays Shannon, writing at Natural Parents Network, shares inspiration for having more relaxed winter holidays from their Handmade Holidays Pinterest board.
  • Seven Recipes for Beans – Post Holiday Cleaning β€” Destany at They Are All of Me shares her favorite bean recipes that she hopes will help her body recover from overindulging her sweet tooth during the holidays.
  • The Recovery in the Change β€” Laura at Pug in the Kitchen made changes in her life and attitude throughout 2012 and was pleasantly surprised at how those changes impacted her holiday recovery!
  • Could this question change your life for ever? β€” To get your new year off on the right footing, Mrs Green of Little Green Blog is challenging us all to love ourselves with commitment and discipline. She asks you to focus on a simple question which might just bring you back in balance…
  • Holiday Recovery β€” Meegs at A New Day talks about how the holidays can be overwhelming for a toddler, and how she’s helping her 3 year old recover.
  • 5 Ways to Detox After the Holidays β€” Brittany at The Pistachio Project gives a few ways to help you detox and get back on track after the holiday season has passed.
  • 3 Simple Ways to Establishing Rhythm After the Holidays or Any Time β€” Sheila at A Living Family shares 3 simple ways to reestablish a rhythm of connection and calm in your family after holidays, visitors, travel or any time.
  • Gemstones For Holiday Hangoverss β€” Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama delves into the power of gemstones as an often overlooked means of dealing with the holiday letdown.
  • Getting back to Healthy β€” Bess at A Warrior Mom talks about the struggle of getting young ones back to eating healthy after several days to weeks of getting more candy and sweets than normal for the holidays and gives some suggestions on how to get them back to eating healthy in the new year.
  • Post Christmas Juice Feast β€” Sam at Love Parenting explains why she has created a new tradition of juice feasting, and how she includes her toddler when detoxing.
  • The Java Monkey On My Back β€” Christy at Eco Journey in the Burbs realizes it is time to kick her cup of Joe habit as a first step toward detoxing.
  • Minimalist Holidays β€” Jorje of Momma Jorje doesn’t find much need for recovery after her minimalist version of the holidays.
  • Do something for you β€” Lauren at Hobo Mama urges you to find a silly and indulgent reward of me-time β€” and she has hers.
  • do we recover? β€” Kenna at Million Tiny Things wonders what recovery really means in the context of the tragedies of this past holiday season.
  • 37 Easy Ways to Save Money β€” Shannon at GrowingSlower is sharing these money-saving tips to help get your budget back on track after the holidays.
  • A Two Year Old’s Resolutions β€” That Mama Gretchen is putting the holidays behind her with a spin on traditional resolutions β€” New Year’s goals for her two-year-old! Sound crazy? Read on for an explanation!
  • How to Find Balance after the Holidays β€” Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now tells her favorite ways to start a new year with hope and calmness.
  • Fresh Awakening β€” For Luschka at Diary of a First Child, the new year has coincided with a return to restful nights. With sleep, she’s found new directions in life, but while she can’t make too many changes to her life right now, she’s inspired and excited about the future.
  • Learning to slow down after a busy Festive Season β€” Stoneageparent describes the joys and lows of this year’s festive season, as well as her New Year’s resolutions.
  • Detoxing’ Your Toddler After the Holidays β€” Does your family suffer side effects from the holidays? Join Christine from African Babies Don’t Cry to learn how she detoxed herself and her toddler off the treats and festivities of the season.
  • Scheduling is OK! β€” Jaye Anne at Wide Awake, Half Asleep explores the possibilities of the β€” SCHEDULE!!
  • We’re Saving their First Christmas for Next Time β€” Mercedes at Project Procrastinot takes it easy after moving with her husband and new babies to Scotland.
  • A Vacation from the World β€” Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children retreats with her family at the end of every year in order to recuperate and enjoy one another.
  • On the Road to Recovery β€” Dionna at Code Name: Mama isn’t just recovering from the holidays, she’s recovering from a lifestyle.
  • We Never Left the Grind β€” Erika Gebhardt compares a typical day pre-holidays and post-holidays.
  • Remembering and Recovering from the Holidays (One day at a time) β€” Emily at S.A.H.M i AM is recovering from holidays slowly–taking one day at a time–while trying to remember all the sweet moments that passed too quickly.
  • 5 a Day β€” To get back on track Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy needed a simple system to help her family learn new values.
  • Holiday Detox & Healing: Bieler Broth β€” Megan at The Boho Mama shares her secret for a gentle, whole-foods-based post-holiday detox: Bieler Broth!
  • I’m Mama Not Supermom β€” After a year filled with changes Angela at EarthMamas World has to remind herself that she does not have to be supermom while recovering from the holiday chaos.

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