Postpartum is from the latin and it means “after giving birth.” Among many other things, a new mother experiencing “postpartum” will be weary, restless, achy, depressed, lacking focus.
Many of my friends described those very same symptoms to me throughout yesterday. It seems appropriate after laboring many weeks, anticipating, preparing and finally “giving birth” to a grand holiday experience, that this might be a visiting malady. I know many folks give in to the immediate pleasure of eating half their weight, wet, in sweets of all sorts. Yummy in the moment but not without its own path of following consequences. Just last evening I made a noble attempt to make up for weeks of self control and saying “no” to hosts of sugary temptations, all in one short evening. (I attribute it to a newly discovered recipe innocently called “Scotcheroo”).
Today is a good day, if this information is striking a resonant chord with you, to give yourself a belated holiday gift. Be kind. Be gentle. Set aside any chastisement and if you aren’t feeling your best – just don’t make any major decisions today! Revel in the holiday that you worked and invested in – and be grateful that you still think great thoughts and have numbers of opportunity for joy in this very day.