Dealing With the Post-Holiday Blues
The decorations are tucked away until next year. The relatives are all back in their respective cities. The kids are back in school. You’re back at work.
Cue the post-holiday blues.
But wait! Rather than giving in to that “what now?” feeling, try a few tips to combat that let-down feeling many of us experience after the abrupt stop to the holiday hustle and bustle:
Allow yourself a transition period. Expect and acknowledge that this time of year can be rough, and let yourself feel sad that the holidays are over.
Use this time to declutter. Whether it’s at home or at work, cleaning up your space can help you relish this “clean slate” time the new year brings, rather than feeling threatened by it.
Pay attention to your diet (and not just because it might be a resolution). Many times, all the sugary foods consumed during the holiday season can contribute to these listless feelings after the New Year. Focus on drinking plenty of water and prioritizing fresh, whole foods to help you start feeling more balanced faster.
Exert energy, even in small bursts. One of the best things you can do if you’re feeling down is to MOVE. Take a short walk during your lunch break or jog around the block with the dog.
Connect with people. The holidays are typically full of time with family and loved ones, and when that togetherness comes to an abrupt end, it can be a tough transition (even if you were glad to see Uncle Stanley go…) Make a list of friends and family to reach out to over the next month, and each day send someone a text, email, or give them a call.