3 Tips to Get Back On Path After a Holiday Weekend


Whether you went into the weekend with the intention of keeping at your healthy habits around food, exercise, and your daily activities, (and you probably were able to keep at some or even all) but if not, it’s ok! Plans can change, and we need to learn to accept that!

It’s life and we need to accept that sometimes those intended habits end up taking a little turn to accommodate for different activities with friends and family over a holiday weekend. It’s ok! Life isn’t linear, and a holiday weekend sure isn’t one either!

Here are some tips to help you get on path after a holiday weekend:

1. Reflect and don’t beat yourself up

Rather than dwelling on what could have been different or what else you could have done, reflect on the weekend differently. Here are some questions for reflection:

What is it that you enjoyed about the holiday weekend?

Whether that was having more time to yourself, or spending quality time with friends and family, the list can go on!

What were some highlights that had you smiling or laughing? (What’s your favorite photo from the weekend, and why?)

Life goes by far too fast, and weekends pass by in a blink of an eye! Sometimes those happy moments go by so fast, but looking back on a photo or two can re-spark that smile on your face! Who doesn’t like to smile!

What were some low lights and what were you able to gain from that?

Even reflecting on some low points allows you to look at those aspects from a different angle. When you reframe your thoughts, rather than seeing that low as a problem, you see it as a challenge that you got through, and learned from.

Most importantly not every weekend is a holiday weekend, embrace these times and live in the moment. Why beat yourself up on things that could have been different when overall it was probably a great weekend!

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2. Drink your water

We get caught up in the hustle and bustle over the weekend that more likely than not, you didn’t have the usual amount of water that you normally have.

Something as simple as drinking water has immense benefits! Start your morning with a cup of water, and continue to drink your water throughout the day. Not only will it help you get back into your routine, but you’ll feel energized rather than drained from a long weekend.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

3. Get back to your regular routine

Do you normally work out first thing in the morning? Do you start your morning with breakfast? Do you hit snooze a few times before getting ready for work?

One of the most important reminders is to not make drastic changes. No need to go on a fast or 5 hours of exercise or cut your sleep in half to try and make up for everything else. It’s all about getting back into your habits from before the weekend. The sustainable habits that you can keep at!

When you build sustainable habits, you’re able to bounce back into them. That’s why it’s important to find the habits that work best for you as everyone’s habits will be unique to them.

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