Dealing with a “Fun Hangover”

JMJ 43  *And so what did we do?  We decided to take it slow as we restored the house to its pre-party state.  And as we recycled the cups from the cup-count-competition (except for a few, for sentimental reasons), swept the house, cleaned up, we smiled as we remembered the fun and laughs we had shared the day before. 

Ring the School Bell 43/180 Days

We all had a hangover, not from the alcohol variety, but from hosting the Halloween party of the century.  (For details of this “fantabulous kid’s party” see yesterday’s post, “How to Throw a DIY Halloween Party”) That is, everyone was exhausted, but Sarah.  Remarkably, Sarah was her chipper old self, even more than usual, for she had hosted the “perfect” party and was extremely satisfied and proud of it.  It was a well-deserved pride. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her. The rest of us were all completely exhausted today from all the fun and planning and work of the last few weeks.  All I could do was crash on the couch and sigh a big sigh of relief.   I searched the internet to find how to deal with a kid’s party hangover but all I could find was alcohol-related advice.  My margarita-taster from Fr. Jim, certainly did not quite qualify!  See yesterday’s entry for details on that one.

My symptoms included fatigue, soreness from running between different activities yesterday for hours on end, and an exhausted spirit.  I am sure the excess sugar has something to do with all of this also!  I needed rest and relaxation badly.

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Tired to the bone!

Has anyone else ever experienced a “Fun Hangover”?

Of course, it is not the first time it has ever happened to me!

A few suggestions that worked for me before:

  • Take a long, hot shower to relax.  I am the queen of efficiency when it comes to short showers to get ready for the day.  But once in a while, a longer shower is so very relaxing.
  • Lower your expectations for the day.  Slow down a bit.
  • Relax with your kids on the couch, with a warm drink such as hot chocolate. I always make my hot chocolate with real cocoa and water or milk.  That way I can control the sugar, as I like it mildly sweetened with honey or sugar.  Reminisce about all the fun you have had recently, in this case, a Halloween party.
  • Watch an I Love Lucy rerun, or other show, on television for a few laughs.
  • Prepare some comfort food.  We love breakfast-lunches and breakfast-dinners once in a while.  Assign everyone a different food, such as pancakes, hash browns, and eggs, then enjoy the feast together.

And so what did we do today?  We decided to take it slow as we restored the house to its pre-party state.  And as we recycled the cups from the cup-count-competition (except for a few, for sentimental reasons), swept the house, cleaned up, we smiled as we remembered the fun and laughs we had shared the day before.  Reflecting on the blessings of our friends and all the good times we enjoyed brought us out of our “fun hangover”.  It had all been totally worth it and will certainly go down in my kids’ hall of fame memories.

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is an excerpt of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.

May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette

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Sarah

 

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