five ways to help shake the post-christmas blues

I don’t know about you, but the day after Christmas is one of my least favorite days of the year. I absolutely love Christmas and I’m always so sad that it’s over. In my family, we call it a “fun hangover.” This year’s fun hangover was especially bad because we had such a good Christmas, so I was forced to use all my best remedies. For me, it’s all about finding a balance between being productive and giving myself time to reflect/wallow/eat leftovers. It’s important that I not have the mindset of “I’ll just wait til the new year,” because then the wallowing side takes over. If you’re feeling down, give these a try:

  1. Unpack. I know this is the last thing anyone wants to do, but trust me it’s worth it. It’s a fresh start in a small way and it helps my brain make the transition back to real life. P.S. this includes all the Christmas gifts – put them away.
  2. Listen to your favorite non-Christmas music. The deafening Christmas-music-free silence is one of the worst parts of a post-Christmas fun hangover. I like to remind myself that there is in fact other music in the world that will make me happy.
  3. Get moving. I’m not suggesting you jump headfirst into a new workout plan, but doing something active vastly improves my mood. Go for a walk, find a yoga class, go hiking – whatever works for you.
  4. Tidy up. For me, being in a clean space helps me clear my mind. You don’t have to deep clean, but doing little things will keep your hands busy and take your mind off the devastating fact that Christmas is over. Just make the bed, clear the dishes from the sink, throw in a load of laundry, etc.
  5. Make plans. It’s been scientifically shown that having something to look forward to increases your happiness. It can be as big as planning your next vacation or as simple as grabbing coffee or drinks with a friend, but it will remind you that life can still be good even though the most wonderful time of the year is over.

Once I’ve done all of these things, I give myself permission to just relax. For me, that usually means watching tv and/or adult coloring (I know that’s so five years ago but I don’t care.) What do you do to deal with the post-holiday letdown?

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