BEATING THE POST-HOLIDAY BLUES
The holidays are over. It’s time to go back to work, school and the business of life. While in some ways it’s a relief to have all of the holiday hoopla over with, on the other hand it can be a real let down. No more parties, fun food, lazy days. It’s easy to slip into the post holiday blues. All of the excitement is over, and now what?!
As a matter of fact, I started to notice the beginnings of a few little blues myself. While I’m eager to go gung-ho and take on the New Year with full force, it can be a little sad to see the holidays go. At the same time, it can be quite daunting having such high expectations for the New Year. So….. I came up with some ideas to help stay away from the after-holiday let down, and to keep the HAPPY going strong:
Baby Steps: If you haven’t started your new year’s resolutions, give yourself a break. It’s never too late to take that first step. Re-think your resolutions. Are they too overwhelming? Scale back to make them more doable as you ease into your new routines. Instead of “going to the gym every day,” maybe start going three times a week. Quite honestly, once a week would be more than many of us have done in a while. The trick is to keep trying. As one proverb tells us: “Life is hard by the yard, but inch by inch it’s a cinch.” Each step is an accomplishment. Be proud of yourself every time.
Spice Up Your Calendar: Seek out upcoming events to look forward to: parties, seminars, networking events. Look for activities that will help you get out and meet people, have fun, learn new things. I just signed up for a business conference, a mixer, and a luncheon. You can also create events. My daughter and I are planning to have a game party for the adults and children in our family. And, that’s just January. I’m getting excited just thinking about it. Anticipation can be half the fun.
Healthy Post Holiday Treats: After we’ve splurged on cakes, and brownies, and other treats we ordinarily wouldn’t have – especially so much of – it’s kind of hard to suddenly give up all of the goodies. So, try some healthy treats. These are my new faves: Blue Belle Strawberry Fruit Bars. Absolutely delicious. A major treat. Only 70 calories each and 0 grams of fat each ! So, even if you have more than one – it’s guilt-free indulgence. Just gotta try to keep it to less than 3 a day (smile).
Reach Out: If you can’t seem to shake these post-holiday blues, you might want to find some help doing it. Get some professional counseling. It’s not a sign of weakness, but a show of strength. Counseling is a key way to keep your mind on the positive track. You’d be surprised how affordable it can be. Some organizations, even universities, offer mental health help at sliding scale prices. It can be very much worth it! Talk to friends. Don’t keep it inside. Remember, it’s important to nip your blues in the bud.
Add Happy Habits: For many of us, part of the New Year plan is to put the ol’ nose to the grindstone and work to make more money, or more progress on those dreams. But, we have to make sure we don’t add more stress along the way. So, to balance things out, make sure you are adding Happy Habits, like healthy eating; pamper time; meditation; social activities; hobbies; etc.
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