Beating the Post-holiday Blues

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All the gifts have now been unwrapped, the Santa cookies have long gone, and all the holiday songs have been sung. The holiday season has come to an end and the New Year is up and ready to kick everyone’s butt off to work. It’s time to move on. But it isn’t as easy for everyone.

The holiday season can cause some major psychological whiplash, stemming from feelings of guilt (from overindulgence), stress (from overspending), or sadness (from unmet expectations). These feelings can kick off depression symptoms such as irritability, eating problems, anxiety, insomnia, and more. There’s no absolute perfect cure to holiday hangover, but here are a few tips to help you get back on track and fiercely beat the post-holiday blues:

Lower your expectations. People are not robots with reset buttons. Don’t feel pressured to feel 100% “normal” after the holidays. Be patient with yourself.

Plan. After listing down your resolutions for the year, map out the steps which you will take to achieve these. Book your travel plans for the year. Catch up with an old friend over coffee. Having these items scheduled gives you something to look forward to after the holidays and it wouldn’t feel half as bad leaving the holidays behind.

Stop the holiday binge. Make a conscious effort to makeover your health. Eat well, exercise better, and live more mindfully.

Stay connected. It’s common to want to stay at home and hide from the public after all the socializing during the holidays. But part of beating these post holiday blues is to keep connected to family and friends. By including them in your day-to-day life, you don’t go through the post holiday blues alone.

So put on the music and let the beating begin. These simple tips can help boost your energy for the coming year (or even just the first work week of the year) and improve your overall outlook on life. Good luck!

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