What exactly are the post holiday blues? Why do people sometimes feel sad after the holidays (or a long vacation) is over?
Well….this kind of sadness happens after a joyous and fun period of time, like the holidays or a vacation, when it’s time to go back to reality. Christmas is the time of the year when everyone is always a little more happier, a little more cheerful, a little more kind.
And going back to the dark realities of January is not always easy.
Here are some reasons we may feel sad after the holidays:
- We go from out and about with holiday cheer, festivities, decorations, baking, parties, and more – to really nothing in January. The mundane-ness of our realities may get us feeling a little down.
- We were surrounded by family for a few days! This may make us sad for a couple of reasons…..we are either sad that they are all gone after being with them, OR we are sad because family were just around, making us feel bad about ourselves.
- January is usually dark and cold.
- Fatigue sets in after being on a holiday (or sugar) high for the last 3-4 weeks.
- Going back to work can be overwhelming if you took a few days off.
Here are FIVE Things you can start doing NOW to make yourself feel better:
- Surround yourself with others! – Be out often! Make plans and be with friends or family who are accessible to you. Go out! Go out to eat, go out to parties, be around people! Don’t stay home to feel sad, all alone. Surround yourself with others, others who make you laugh, make you feel good about yourself. Be around other people who also need your company too. Call your friends, or go out and make new friends! When you go out to get groceries, go to the bank, talk to people!
- Entertain yourself! Go to museums, theaters, movies, the library, the park! Be outdoors as much as you can! Go for a walk in your neighborhood. Take in the sights around you. Find joy in your current surroundings and fun in your current daily life! In fact, add fun to your daily list of to-do’s! Every day, do ONE thing that you find fun!
- Start or continue your exercise routine! Do it with others! Find a group of people that would enjoy being healthy with you! Take care of yourself! Eat a healthy diet, be active! Those are the only two things that really will give us the endorphins we need to feel joy! Make sure you practice eating a balanced, healthy, clean, diet – and be as active as you can be! Climb stairs instead of the taking the elevator. If possible, walk to the grocery store instead of ordering your groceries, or driving.
- Make time to spend with family or friends that you don’t get to see often! It’s easy to make the time around Christmas to see friends and family that we don’t get to see often, but what about the rest of the year? Make the time! Instead of going away for summer vacation, make time to spend with family friends. You’ll find it’s worth it.
- Plan at least ONE thing a week to look forward to! Whether it’s a shopping day, a movie night, a dinner night, a book club! Plan one thing a week that you get to look forward to! It’s the anticipation that will get us motivated and make us happy! Anticipation is the feeling leading up to something great! For example, when Halloween is around the corner, my anticipation is already building toward Christmas! And I enjoy Christmas that much more because of all the anticipation that I have built up inside me. If we can find one thing a week that we enjoy and look forward to, you will have these feelings of anticipation all year long!
Take these to heart, and even if you don’t have the time or inclination to put all of these into practice, find the time to do at least one or two. You will feel a whole lot better!
Also, in spring we can look forward to happy times, new life, and Easter! I always like that time of year too! It rejuvenates me all over again!