Let’s heal the Post-Holiday Blues Hangover!
If you’re feeling a little blue — or downright depressed — after the holidays, you’re not alone. Post-holiday blues (and post-vacation blues for the matter) are a real thing, and if you experience a dark-mood day (or week) after the holidays, it’s quite normal.
During the holidays you are literally surrounded by expectations of how you are supposed to feel, what
you are supposed to do and what you are supposed to want. If you don’t feel that this is “the most wonderful time of the year” or you don’t have access to buying extravagant presents, you may feel like something is wrong with you. You may feel isolated and alone. Now, add in the lack of sunlight in most geographical areas, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for feeling blue. You may think you are the only one who feels this way, but YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE! More importantly, here’s what to do about it.
- Light. If you don’t have access to sunlight, get a light box, go to a spa (with light therapy) or simply turn on more lights. It all helps.
- Connection. Surround yourself with people who make you feel good (not people who hold you to some societal expectation of how you are supposed to feel).
- Movement. A sedentary body flattens mood like nothing else. Make it a point to move every day, even if only for a few minutes every hour.
- Create. Make something from nothing because it’s fun and it’s good for your brain. Try a new recipe, buy kinetic sand and build a castle, doodle, build a spaceship out of Legos. It’s all about the process of creativity that lifts your mood.
- Reward yourself. Treat yourself with small things — things to look forward to later in the day or later in the week. Pick an activity that you like to do — it could be a movie you want to see, a museum you haven’t been to in a while or something as simple as a chai tea latte.
- Clear your Clutter. Your physical clutter impacts your emotional well-being. Choose a messy or over-packed closet in your home or your office and take some time to purge and organize. It’s amazing how effective this can be in relieving your emotional clutter.
- Quiet Time. Stop filling up your schedule and take a few moments every day to slow down. This tool is a perfect activity to accompany you during your moments of quiet.
- Volunteer. Giving feels good and creates connection with others who have similar views and passions. Choose an organization whose mission resonates with you and go for it!
- Eat Smart. Eat dark leafy greens and cut down on sugars and refined flours, which give your system a high-low spike that negatively impacts your mood (and depletes your energy).
- Sleep and Hydration. As basic as this may sound, getting ample sleep and staying hydrated is absolutely vital for your mental health (and physical health). These are non-negotiables.
The most courageous thing you can do to care for yourself is to tune into your whole self and get sup-port when you need it. You can do it! 😉
January 05, 2019
Today is all about friends… Shouldn’t every day?
Thanks Marie, Caryl, Murray! Many, many more years together!
January 05, 2018
January 05, 2017
Having a terrible day away from work … someone just painted my toenails red?
Just had to see if anyone was paying attention to the categories.
Wishing you the best!