What are some ways to help bartenders recuperate in the new year?

The holidays are often less than restful for us bartenders and servers.  Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s we often work our longest, busiest shifts of the year when most others are relaxing and enjoying vacation days.  

 

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While it’s great to be making extra money at a time when others are just spending it, it’s hard on our bodies and minds.  Read on for some tips on getting back to normal after this stressful season.

 

Set Aside Time for Yourself

 

It’s hard to explain to family and friends why you can’t attend parties or come home for the holidays.  So, the rare days off we do have during this time are usually spent running from place to place trying to see as many people as humanly possible.  

While this is important, it’s equally important that you set aside time to do the things you love to do. Maybe that’s heading to your favorite coffee shop with a good book or spending some quality time with Netflix. Whatever it is, get on it.

 

 

Get a Massage

 

Take some of that extra money and treat yourself to a massage.  Not only is it relaxing but it’s something us in the service industry should be doing regularly.  It is well know that massages help with ailments like back and neck pain, but it can also ease insomnia, anxiety, and a host of other issues both mental and physical.  

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Get Some New Shoes

 

The New Year is a perfect time to throw out those raggedy old sneakers you’ve been wearing at work (you know the ones).  When your shoes get worn down they stop providing you with the support you need.  Proper footwear is imperative for service industry workers and neglecting this can lead to negative effects you’ll feel in your whole body.

 

Take a Vacation

 

While many people have the holidays to look forward to throughout the year, bartenders and servers don’t always view them with the same excited anticipation.  Instead, think about planning a trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go.  Even taking the smallest step towards a personal goal of any kind can relieve the midwinter doldrums.

 

 

Volunteer

 

Bartenders Recuperate Holidays

Giving back to your community is especially important during the holidays when many families struggle and it has the added bonus of putting our own problems into perspective.

Tell us how you take care of yourself after the holidays!

 

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As Americans, we love to celebrate and kick back with a few good drinks. This is also very true when it comes to certain holidays. Here is a list of the top ten drinking holidays in no particular order.

 

Drinking Holidays

 

 

1. Super Bowl Sunday 

 

 

The season’s biggest game is much more than just a sports event.  The Super Bowl has become a bona fide American holiday. Football fans across the U.S. flocks to bars on this big day for some good bar food, drinks, entertainment and the game.

 

 

 

2. Mardi Gras

 

Mardi Gras started out as a day that came after lent when people could start eating food they gave up for lent. Over time it has become one of the most celebrated drinking holidays in New Orleans.

 

3. Cinco de Mayo

 

Cinco De Mayo is a favorite day for those who love tequila and celebrating Mexico. This holiday marks a battle that Mexico won over France. Many people believe it is Mexico’s Independence day, which is actually a totally different day. Either way American culture has embraced this holiday and it has become a heavy day of drinking.

 

4. Labor Day

 

This holiday was meant to celebrate the workforce in America, however many people are unhappy with their jobs and career choices. This holiday has become almost a mandatory day to barbeque or to head to a bar. Of course, that is if you are lucky enough to have the day off from work.

 

5. 4th of July

 

The 4th of July is a great drinking holiday because so many people are celebrating our independence. There are even red, white and blue cocktails to go along with all the fireworks. And let’s not forget the spiked watermelon or jello shots! In the U.S. we do love a great holiday that encourages drinking.

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6. Halloween

 

Halloween was meant to be a kids holiday, however what do you do when you have no kids and you don’t feel like sitting at home handing out candy? You either head to an adult Halloween party or you head to your local bar. Yes, as adults we still do love to get dressed up but we love that we can drink even more.

 

7. St. Patrick’s Day

 

This holiday of drinking green beer, eating corned beef and cabbage and dressing like a leprechaun is a big favorite for many. Any holiday that takes you to your local Irish pub or any bar for that matter is going to be a big drinking holiday. Just don’t leave home without wearing green.

 

8. Thanksgiving Eve

 

 

I don’t know if it’s the football, relatives or the food that drives us to drink on Thanksgiving.  It’s most likely a combination of these things. Or maybe it’s the fact that you just burned your turkey and ended up eating at local Chinese restaurant instead. Either way, many Americans across the nation take up lots of drinking on this holiday.

 

9. Memorial Day 

 

Memorial day is typically the first summer holiday of the year. It’s a holiday where we honor the soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom. It’s a holiday most of us get off from work, giving us a three or four day weekend of fun. And just like Labor day this drinking holiday is marked with backyard barbecue and attending local bar events.

 

 

 

10. New Year’s Eve 

 

A new year is a way to celebrate the past and start anew. New Year’s Eve is a day where you are encouraged to open a bottle of champagne at midnight and indulge with friends and families. It’s no wonder with all the big New Year Eve events at many bars and drinking establishments that this is one of biggest drinking holidays in the United States.

 

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