You’ve spent a busy, exhilarating holiday season, and now it’s time to get back to a normal life. Some people find this difficult. Below are some suggested steps to get rid of your post holiday season blues.
1. Expect some letdown
The holiday season is both joyful and stressful at once. There is family to get along with, gifts to buy and return, people to visit, outings and activities, plenty of festive food to eat, sales to rush to, and parties to plan and attend.
Returning to the usual routine and probably quieter workplace than normal can dampen your spirits and create post holiday syndrome. Expect to feel a little low, but know that this, too, will pass.
2. Acknowledge the benefits of post-holiday time
See the positive side of having socialised with friends and family, partied the nights away, rested, relaxed and enjoyed yourself.
Any break in the routine is good for the spirit. The break might have given you a new, clearer perspective on your work, study, home life, etc. Deal with post holiday syndrome by making changes to your situation.
3. Take it easy
Annual holidays can be demanding, so ease gently back into your normal routine after the holiday season. Be kind to yourself with respect to your New Year’s resolutions. Ensure that your goals are reasonable, and most importantly, achievable.
Taking weight loss as an example, target for just one size down – not four! Try for a two kg weight loss a month – not five!
4. Stay around people
Some of the post-holiday season blues might be related to being used to having many people around during the holidays. Keep your spirits up by continuing to stay connected with friends and family. Make sure you get out and about to interact with others.
5. Choose activities to help you look forward
Revive the excitement of anticipation by arranging fun things to avoid post holiday syndrome. Have dinner with friends, start a new class for a hobby or interest, attend a sporting event regularly, or go to the movies, etc. Choose activities that you know will lift your post holiday season blues. The holiday season tends to put a hold on pressing issues at work and in your personal life. Nowâ??s your chance to catch up.
Leaving festive holiday trimmings around can cause sadness, anxiety and nostalgia. Before heading back to normal life, remove your festive holiday trimmings. Recycle or pack up the cards, tree, and decorations. Invite friends and family to share the delicious leftovers.
6. Make healthy food and exercise choices
The many indulgences over the holiday period can leave you feeling bloated and unexercised. A return to a healthy lifestyle will enhance your mood, your body image, and relieve post holiday syndrome. Eat loads of fresh fruits and raw vegetables, try to drink only pure water, and get that body moving again. Summer is wonderful for outdoor activities, and swimming, hiking, and water sports are ideal mood lifters.
7. Make this a time for possible professional help
If you failed to plan well financially, get advice immediately and start to sort out the finances sooner rather than later. Should your post holiday blues turn into ongoing depression or persistent sadness, consider seeking professional help.
8. Make plans for the year ahead
Planning for interesting and fulfilling events throughout the year ahead is a good way to counteract post holiday syndrome. Think ahead to the changing seasons and the sorts of activities you’d like to be doing as the year moves on. Consider important events in your life due to come up in 2012. Travel, weddings, engagements, moving in with your partner, renovating a home, having a baby, etc. can all be planned with enthusiasm and excitement.
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