Life is about the journey - some roads are not always what they seem but you sure learn a great deal from them!
Published January 22nd 2014
For some of us, Christmas hits us suddenly leaving not only our pockets empty but also leaving us feeling pretty drained physically from the abundance of entertainment. Of course, January should be better, but somehow we feel more drained from the sudden decline of the tension built up during the December month. So, what do you do to soften the post-Christmas blues?
For starters there would need to be a gradual decline in the amount of activity. While we may hate all the pushing and shoving around the shopping malls, the amount of energy released during this time is enormous and one should substitute this with something which you can control.
You also need to be able to control the amount of money that goes out. Christmas can put a huge dent into anyone's savings, and sometimes spending more the following month is not always the solutions.
So, here is a list of things that won't hit the pockets too hard, but also allow you to expend a little tension in a controlled environment.
A Drive in Movie - great way to get away from it all!
Movies can be a great place to experience a little energy and be a little easy on the pockets. You can have a range of options from 3D to Drive In Cinemas which is dependent on your preference and budget. All of these options will give you the reduced feeling of what you felt in a shopping mall, however in the case of a movie – everyone wants to be there.
The sweet counter can always be a temptation. However, if you ate enough to feed an army over Christmas, you probably would not need the calories. Plus, you can save quite a bit by either walking pass the temptation or purchasing a water to sip during the movie. And, if you chose a Drive-In Movie, then you may choose to take snacks like fruit. However that preference is entirely up to you.
Walk along the seaside
A walk by the sea side will leave you with memories that will last through 2014.
A seaside walk will not only aide with the amount of energy you have been exposed to, it will also give you sense of centeredness. It is believed that breathing in fresh sea air not only invigorates your senses, but also helps reduce any post nasal drip possibly caused by excessive consumption of alcohol.
Cycling can be a great way to expend a little energy, and also enjoy the scenery while you are doing it. You don't have to be a high speed pocket rocket to enjoy this past time. You can cruise along the bike paths at a very gradual pace. This is a great activity which will match the energy experienced during December and also be easy on the pocket. Plus, you can work off some of those Christmas Calories. What a bonus!
A Shoulder Massage can really help realign your energy channels! (photo courtesy of free digital photos)
A massage after a hectic Christmas experience could just be what the doctor ordered. You don't have to step out of the budget with this one. You could quite easily opt for a shoulder and neck massage which often is around the $25.00 mark.
You don't have to go to some high end restaurant to Dine Out. If you have spent most of the weeks leading up to Christmas preparing food for the family, the last thing you want to do is cook. You should have enough left over meats to create a great picnic hamper which could include some fresh bread, cold meats and a packet of mix salad. You could opt for water, but somehow watching the sun go down over the sea with a fresh sandwich in hand does not tie in nicely with a drink of water. However, the choice is entirely yours.
This activity would help with the reduction in energy and not add any more stress in regards to cooking or money. It will also leave everyone feeling quite grateful that they could enjoy a perfect summer night by the ocean side.
You could even watch the native wild life in their habitat!
Overall, Christmas is a huge amount of hustle, bustle with a load of extra stress. If none of the above ideas interest you, then why not write down five things you would like to do. Remember the key points: a degree of energy and reduced expenses. Enjoy!