How to avoid the post-holiday blues

By: Health Local Staff Jan 06, 2012
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Many people feel down after the holidays. Here are some tips to ease those feelings.

The past two months have been a wonderous time for you. Anticipation has filled every moment, along with lots of friends, family, and wonderful food. Now, it’s time to begin the clean up and for a moment you feel like resorting to a toddler and screaming, “But, I don’t wanna!” Easing through the change from holiday excitement back to the world of school and work can be difficult for you and your family. But, there are ways to avoid the blues that can settle in after the holidays and ease your transition.

Acknowledge the Disappointment
When dealing with the days after the whirlwind of holiday excitement, allow yourself some time to admit that you are disappointed the holidays are over. Things have been exciting for so long and simply recognizing that you are going to miss the fun filled days is an important step as you begin to transition back to non-holiday time.

Feel the Emotions
Along with letting yourself accept the fact that it is okay to miss the holidays, you also have to allow yourself a little time to feel the sadness. It is important to recognize when the various waves of emotions hit you. Maybe it is the thought of not seeing your family for a while. Maybe, if you are like many people, the sadness of packing away all the beautiful decorations for a whole year hits you. Whatever causes you to feel a little post holiday sadness, just go with it. This simple acknowledgement allows you to enjoy the fact that your heart is open and appreciate the happy moments that much more. And, believe it or not, it’s okay to mourn its loss. There’s nothing wrong with it.

Be Kind to Yourself
Remember, especially if you are dealing with children, that just because the hustle and bustle of the holidays is suddenly over, your body may take a little more time to get there. You may need a little extra rest. It may take you a little longer to handle the return lines at your favorite store. Whatever the activity, just remind yourself that a little kindness will go a long way when it comes to dealing with others (and your own self too!)

Be Active
One of the best ways to deal with the post holiday blues is to go out and get active. Take in some fresh air and go for a walk around the neighborhood. If it’s too cold outside, pick one of your favorite areas to visit that brings back fond memories. If you do not feel like dealing with the crowds outside, simply taking the time to clean an area of your house can get you up and moving around. The important thing is to increase your endorphins by being as active as you can. This is one of the best ways to combat the post holiday crash.

Take it Slow
Do not be afraid to take this important time for your family. Be slow to schedule events. After the crazy schedule of the past few months, you may want to have a little down time for yourself. Think carefully before committing yourself to any other activity in these weeks following the holidays and don’t be afraid to say no. It’s not a word that comes naturally to us women, but it’s one that you will appreciate hearing it come from your mouth.

Enjoy the Memories
Probably the best cure for the post holiday blues is to enjoy the memories of the holiday you just had. Brew a pot of your favorite coffee or tea and settle into your comfy chair with the latest round of photos. If you enjoy scrapbooking, this may be a great time to complete a few new pages in the family book. However you best sort through your memories, take the time to do that now. After all, the holidays were made for creating new memories and what better way to beat the blues than to remember the best of times you just had.

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