Christmas Day is a lot of fun but it can also be exhausting, especially if you're the one doing most of the organising. Add on top of that a bit too much bucks fizz and one too many turkey sandwiches and you can be left feeling tired and worse for wear on December 26th.
While you can just lounge around in your PJs watching Christmas films while snacking on the treats that weren't polished off on Christmas Day, this will probably leave you feeling even worse. Instead, it pays to do what you can to recover from the excesses of the day so you can make the most of the festive period and the time that you have off work.
To help you feel fresh as a daisy in no time, here's what we recommend trying:
Hop in the shower
You may be desperate for a coffee first thing in the morning, but caffeine could take a while to kick in, leaving you feeling tired and not overly productive. Jumping in the shower as soon as you wake up will help to wash away those Christmas cobwebs and leave you feeling refreshed.
Even just a couple of minutes under the water and a squirt of our Greentea and Grapefruit or Wild Lemongrass body wash will soon have you ready to face the day, even if you're not going to be up to much. These are also the perfect cures to a sore head if you enjoyed a bit too much sherry the day before, so you'll be right as rain in no time.
Have a good breakfast
It can be tempting to avoid meals on Boxing Day and simply pick at the leftovers and snack throughout the day. This can leave you feeling worse though, as you don't get everything you need to recover from Christmas excess.
Rather than waiting until the cheeseboard does the rounds again, have a good breakfast that is packed with protein, vitamins and all the good stuff that will fill you up, stop you snacking and help you to recover. Keep it light and you won't feel too full to move for the rest of the day and can still enjoy that turkey sandwich at lunch.
Get some fresh air
One of the best ways to help you feel yourself again after Christmas is to head out for some fresh air. Taking the family for a walk will burn off extra calories, get rid of pent-up energy and wake everyone up a bit.
Even just taking a stroll around the block can be beneficial and is a nice change from just staying at home for the whole of Boxing Day. If you still want to relax a bit, take your walk in the morning and then you'll still have the afternoon for falling asleep in front of the TV.
Have a clear out
After Christmas Day, your house is probably going to be full of torn wrapping paper, discarded boxes, the remnants of crackers and all manner of things that make it feel cluttered. There's nothing worse than sitting in a messy room when you're trying to recover from celebrations, so do something about it early on.
Have a quick clear out and get rid of all rubbish that's lying around. If you've got little ones, get them to take their toys up to their bedrooms, which will instantly make your space look and feel better.
Get some peace and quiet
If you spent Christmas running around and trying to make sure everyone had a good time, you could probably do with some peace and quiet on Boxing Day. Give yourself a break and relax in the way you enjoy the most.
Send the kids out to play, let everyone know the leftovers are in the fridge and withdraw to a quiet room to unwind. Try reading a book, watching TV or running a bath with some luxurious foam bath. Whatever you prefer, be sure to make time for putting your feet up.