6 Things to Help You with the Holiday Aftermath

6 Ways to Avoid a Letdown after the Holidays

After the hectic holiday season, it's quite common for people to experience an emotional letdown. Whether it's fueled by boredom, loneliness or disappointment, the post-holiday blues can be difficult to overcome. Here are some ways to pull out of your nose dive and start off the New Year with a better attitude.

  

Finding Passion, Purpose and Potential

Although the holidays may have ended, there is still plenty of potential in the weeks ahead. Whether you're in search of fun or fulfillment, there are a number of ways you can add meaning to the months following the holidays, including:

  

Keep in touch. The holiday season is a popular time for cards, telephone calls, parties and reunions. Instead of feeling sadness after saying goodbye to loved ones, commit to staying in touch all year long, so you can maintain and even strengthen cherished relationships. Whether it's an email, hand-written letter or regular phone calls, find some time to connect with the people who make you feel good.

  

Get out of the house. Shortly after the holidays, the weather can turn especially harsh throughout many parts of the country. Try not to let snow and cold temperatures isolate you inside your home. Bundle up and go outdoors. Visit museums, the mall or the theatre. Go see the latest Hollywood blockbuster with your closest friend. Think of ways to make the winter months special, so they won't feel so dreary and gray.

  

Change your perspective. Instead of viewing the holidays as the pinnacle of the season, try to view them as a springboard toward good feelings and possibilities. Make plans to tackle new projects and immerse yourself in new experiences wherever you can find them.

  

Continue giving. During the holidays, many people participate in food drives and other charitable activities. You can fight off the post-holiday blues by continuing this mindset. Research has shown that volunteering can reduce depression and improve overall well-being. Other studies have also shown that people enjoy improved mental health as they age when they participate in volunteer programs. Volunteering can also help you meet interesting people who share common values.

  

Manipulate your schedule. Many times, we tend to feel better when we have something to look forward to. It doesn't have to be something major like an upcoming Hawaiian vacation. Even something like coffee with a friend can have a significant uplifting effect on our psyches. See if you can pepper your schedule with little moments that will give you something to look toward in the weeks immediately following the holidays season.

  

Make a plan. As the old saying goes, failing to plan is planning to fail. Even in the midst of all the hectic holiday planning, it's a good idea to set aside time to schedule some activities for January, February and March. Again, this will give you something to look forward to. It will also keep the end of the holidays from seeming like an abrupt conclusion, turning it instead into an intriguing moment of transition.

  

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