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Recovering from the festive season

11:17 AM

Diwali is enough to exhaust anybody, throw their body out of whack and making one crave some rest. Especially if you headed to your native place after a long absence.
Add to this all the craziness of Ganpati, Navratri, Eid, Janmashtami, Gandhi Jayanti and to drive parents crazier, have all these holidays fall right before or right after a weekend. Garnish with a two day holidays due to elections in the State just as a cherry topping on a cake. Then still buzzing and jittery from that mayhem, pack your stuff and prepare for the overload of relatives, sweets, crackers, shopping, and food that Diwali is all about.

This was my life these past few months (yes months, you read that right, it all started in August). It pays to be organised, minimalistic and no frills, but it will still take the toll out of anybody. And there is no point fighting it, let the current carry you and wait until it is over to soothe and relax. Here are some of my festive mayhem recovery tips :


honey dew melon cubes and red grapes in a bowl

- Eat a lot of fresh fruits, salads and light food. If your Diwali was anything like mine it involved a lot of sweets, fried goodies, namkeens, Chole puri, chaats, and more sweets. Downed with cups of chai loaded with sugar, and punctuated by a few less heavy but still carb heavy meals. After 10 days of a lot of food and little excersise, I can't tell you how much I welcome a bowl of fruits and call it a meal. Even more so after the minor stomach bug I managed to catch on the way back home.

- Nap if you can. The perk of working from home, is that I set my own schedule and can afford to do so. But even if you can't necessarily nap, make sleep a new priority. Head to bed earlier at night, resist the urge to just cram your busy schedule with more than you can handle again.

- Go for a walk daily. You probably know it already, I am a huge fan of walking. And even if it means having only 30 minutes a day, do it still. Walking is a healthy activity, that will help you burn that massive excess of calorie you took in during the festive period. It will also help you wind down and relax, walk in the evening and it will even help you sleep better and earlier.

- Household chores can wait. Yes they can! if you were home all along, chances is that you scrubbed your place squeaky clean before Diwali anyway. If you just came back from a vacation, don't be in a hurry to go back to you stressed out ways just yet. That batch of laundry can wait...it really can. Focus on taking care of yourself. Plus if you aren't in a hurry to just clean everything, you get time to put your feet up or catch that 20 minutes nap your body really needs.

- Hold off social engagements. You just got back from a trip to your native place. You probably saw a million relatives, and even if you are an extrovert (which I am not), I am willing to bet it was tiring. Don't feel the need to just let all your friends around you know you are back. Chances is that they are dealing with the same festive season aftermath effects anyway.

- If your kids are still on holiday, as many in Mumbai have a long Diwali break that last 2-3 weeks, let them be. I usually have rules about TV time, and try to get her busy other ways during the holiday. But right after Diwali, I am usually dead beat. If letting Ishita watch more of the idiot box means I can get the quiet and peace my introverted self has been deprived of for too long...then be it. We still head out to the playground for hours every evenings anyway.

- Make to do lists. If your mind is buzzing with chores to be done, and projects, write them down. And then decide which ones are really important. resist the urge to clear your entire list in one day.

- Last but not least, drink plenty of water. Keep yourself hydrated. Being hydrated means being more alert, and it kicks the slugginess away better than anything else.

On these words, I'll leave you to it and lie down for a while, I am after all still recovering myself.

5 comments

  1. I'm going to make you jealous here - the high temp here in Nepal was 20C today!
    Now I have to add packing away our warm weather clothes here & unpacking (& ironing) all our winter clothes in storage to my 'to do' list. (Storage is under our beds in old suitcases.....I soooo miss my walk in closet in California!).

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    1. Will have to wait until December to get that kind of temperatures at night :-) the good thing from living in Mumbai is that I don't need to shuffle clothes much in my wardrobes, at the most I bring the pile of sweat pants over the shorts, and the long sleeve t-shirts over the spaghetti straps I wear inside the house. All the short sleeved kurta, t-shirts and capris are still wearable during dayti,e, even in January.

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    2. Anonymous9:41 PM

      Feative season is hard on ladies
      In joint famlues earlier everybody chipped in but with nuclear families there is little help. Festival means more work for the lady of the house when everybody is enjoying. Plus children these days hardly help. Parents are two afraid tell them to work. Parents end up doing the hard work. At least the hard as nails parents were better. At least they had the guts to call a spade a spade.

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    3. When we stay in Mumbai DH and I work on it together, and we keep it simple because we want to enjoy it. Ishita is young, but we still make her help with the pre-Diwali house cleaning.
      Ditto with Christmas, I keep it simple, and Ishita helps a little, as much as snow 5 years old can. Growing up, my parents did give us jobs to do around the home year round, and it was a no brainier we had to help for festivals preparation, especially since a Dinner like the Christmas dinner involves a lot of a food, setting a fancy table and making the living room clean enough to receive guests. I don't think my sister and I got traumatised by having to pitch in and help my parents. In Europe, a majority of families are nuclear, dual income families, and having hired help is expensive and out of question, so family members all help equally in the household, no ifs no buts and kids are given age appropriate tasks to do around the house from an early age. We had a dishwasher at home, but when we were going on vacation to the hills, the communal cabin we stayed in had none, and all families had the same rule : parents cook, kids wash the dishes. At home Used to be in charge of vacuum cleaning and small grocery shopping from the moment I was old enough to understand the value and use of money, around age 7. By age 11-12 my mom simply stopped ironing my clothes, she decided It was old enough to handle the press iron without burning myself. I had hours of homeworks from school, but that was no excuse to exempt me from housework as I grew up, grown ups log 8-9 hours of work outside the home and still have to do these things :-)

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  2. This is a great post idea! I see so many posts about the festive season, we scarcely find posts on dealing with the aftermath and anticlimax afterwards! :D

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