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The Boxing Day Comedown

Like everyone else I love Christmas and everything about it, but let’s be honest, it is exhausting! There’s so much going on that we don’t have time to stop and think.

First you have Christmas Eve, buzzing with excitement. Every year on 24th December I go to the Trafford Centre with my husband, it’s a yearly tradition we created when we first got together. I love this, however it’s over crowded, noisy and leaves me feeling overstimulated and worn out.

All the Christmas excitement means I can’t sleep, and I spend my Christmas Eve night tossing and turning, so by the morning I’m exhausted. This is how the day always starts. Tired, groggy and all I want to do is rest.

But here it is, the big day itself, and by this point I’m already exhausted from the day before, but as it’s Christmas we carry on. We celebrate with our loved ones, stuff our faces with food and binge watch tv Christmas specials. A special day, but an emotionally and physically tiring one.

By the end of the day I’m left over stimulated and running on empty. As the day draws to a close I’m able to escape to my bed to finally relax.

By Boxing Day all I want to do is crash, comedown from all the highs, and sleep off the social burnout. I call this the ‘Boxing Day Comedown’ – when all I want to do is recover, relax and regain my strength before we have to do it all again at New Year.

Boxing day feels different, odd, strange. I feel somewhat calm, but puzzled. I’m not entirely sure what to do. I feel like I should do something, but honestly, there’s absolutely nothing to do!

Christmas is such a social time of year, and one where were expected to just ‘keep going’ despite feeling burnout. We’re expected to be cheerful 24/7 and be sociable, but sometimes it becomes too much.

This is why boxing day is my time to just relax and recharge. I often sleep in late and then go shopping in the sales, leisurely walking round at my own pace, spending time with loved ones.

I do this slower, I still enjoy being social just on my own terms for short periods of time, this way it’s more manageable.

It’s important to understand that boxing day can feel quite different, it’s been a busy festive period, with lots of expectations, but now it’s time to wind back down.

It’s essential that we allow ourselves to take the time to come back down after all the excitement. I’m often quieter, less responsive and just want to embrace the calm that surrounds me.

Christmas season is wonderful, but please be patient, I find I need a little extra time for self care, Christmas is a time for being mindful!