By now, (for most of us at least, I think), the ornamentation associated with the Christmas holiday has been taken down. For me that meant packing up four Christmas trees, two large snowflakes, a few nutcrackers, angels, snowmen and countless ornaments just to name a few novelties I have amassed over the years. I know, I know, I went a little Yuletide crazy. I make no apologies though as I had a fantastic holiday.
As much as I enjoy the Christmas holidays, I can attest to the fact that the emotions, stress, and expectations associated with it can sometimes overwhelm us and switch our brains into overdrive. As a result, when January rolls around you find yourself a little blue and the common cold or pesky flu are not to blame. You, could possibly have a case of the post-holiday blues. Possible symptoms are noticeable dips in mood, motivation, and energy. Here are a few tips to help you get back on track for the New Year.
- Expect to feel out of sorts – Spending time surrounded by mum’s cooking, dad’s story-telling, and love and laughter from friends and families especially when you all don’t live in the same area code or within short traveling distance, can leave you feeling quite bummed when everyone leaves. It’s normal to feel a little bummed that the holidays are over. Acknowledge how you feel and just don’t let those feelings consume you.
- Declutter – As you pack away your trees and ornaments, take a moment to see if there are few things that you can either donate, have recycled, or tossed. Pick out a few items each day and ask yourself — do I need this…does it serve a purpose…would I really miss it if it were gone…can it be useful to someone else? A cluttered home can make you feel overwhelmed and unable to move forward in your thinking and your activities. Also take a look at your desk when you get to the office. Use the same approach. Most people feel better and perform better in an uncluttered environment.
- Plan some fun activities – The holidays were such a bowl of merriment because of all the fun activities you got to enjoy so plan a few fun activities for the beginning of the year. Nothing complicated or expensive here, think of playing like you did when your life revolved around sleeping, eating, playing and that other bodily function. You’re never too old to play, so get in there, release your inner child, and have a great time.
- Tap into your creative juices – Creativity stimulates new pathways in the brain and can elevate moods. Plus you could use an early win to help set in motion a great year. How about learning how to transfer some of the photos you took over the holidays to wood, or making your own fishing lures?
- Get moving – Did you just groan or was that me? Let’s face it; Exercise is a great remedy for a lot of things, including the post-holiday blues. Studies show that just 20 minutes of moderate daily activity, like going for a walk, can elevate mood and reduce anxiety. Also if you like having company while you exercise, now is the perfect time to ask as most people have exercising listed as one of their New Year’s resolutions so chances of you getting a yes to the “can we go for a walk” question, are almost 100%. You can’t beat those odds. If its too cold to go outside, take the walking indoors to a mall for example. If you can squeeze into your local gym, then of course that would work as well.
Whatever you do, take the time to take care of yourself. The post-holiday blues are usually transient, so if you just can’t seem to shake off that melancholic feeling, go see a medical professional for assistance.
How do you deal with your post-holiday blues? Feel free to share in the comments below.