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When you were a kid, the holidays meant non-stop fun. There were cookies to eat, carols to sing, gifts to unwrap, and family and friends galore.

But as adults, the season is often associated with one word … craziness. 

Don’t get us wrong, we love the seasonal stuff (and would never turn down a good peppermint mocha!), but as adults, we often get so swept up in all the holiday to-dos that we leave little time for ourselves. 

And where’s the holiday magic in that? 

That’s why this holiday season we’re encouraging you to take a recovery day. Just like athletes take time off before and after a big game, you should block off a day to relax, recharge and restore. Put aside your holiday list and focus on the magic of the season. 

Might we suggest …

  • Curling up with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa in hand.  
  • Taking a solo winter walk, then warming up by the fire. 
  • Watching a holiday movie (or two!) and nibbling on popcorn or fresh baked cookies. 
  • Soaking in the tub with a glass of mulled wine.

Whatever you choose to do on your day off, honor it — and keep those “tasks” on your list from creeping in.

And if you feel like there’s absolutely no way you can take a day right now, why not “gift” it to yourself for the New Year? Write down a voucher for one “recovery day,” then stick it on your fridge, or wrap it up if you want to be extra festive.

You do so much and not just this season, but always. Be sure to take the time to recover from all the weight you carry on your shoulders. 

With so much holiday love,
Emily and the EveryDay Happy Team

Quote du jour

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” — Sydney Harris


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