Christmas can be a wonderful time with its holiday songs, togetherness with family and friends, and extra effort many make to treat others kindly. For some though, once the holiday season ends, the blues set in. Back to work, back to school, and it's easy to backslide from warm, fuzzy to a sense of void. [...]
Christmas can be a wonderful time with its holiday songs, togetherness with family and friends, and extra effort many make to treat others kindly.
For some though, once the holiday season ends, the blues set in. Back to work, back to school, and it's easy to backslide from warm, fuzzy to a sense of void.
Is there a cure for the post-holiday blues? While not a remedy, per se, here are four suggestions to help you avoid the after Christmas and New Year's doldrums.
1) Listen to some Christmas music. Who says that just because Christmas ends so do sounds of the season have to cease? Christmas music is bound to uplift you and might help to rekindle those cheery holiday feelings.
2) Get active. Whether your favorite winter activity is outside or you're a gym rat at heart, now is a good time to incorporate regular exercise into your schedule. The bonus is that you might shed a few of those holiday pounds. Endorphins are a good answer for that after Christmas sale melancholy.
3) Get outside on a sunny day. Take a lesson from my cat. On windy, but sunny, winter days he likes to go to the back yard and lie in the south-facing doghouse. When he returns inside, he always appears to be contented. You, likewise, can go for a walk on a sunny winter day or, if you have physical limitations, just sit inside your car with the front windshield facing south (if it's not freezing out, of course).
4) Let go. Now is a good time to let go of people, places and things that may keep you rooted in sadness or gloom. For many, the holiday season reminds of those no longer present at Christmas celebrations. Letting go is a slow process, especially if there have been recent deaths or a divorce in the family, but it is essential if we want to move on. Letting go doesn't mean we forget the absent person or all of the pleasant memories related to him or her. Rather, it simply involves a paradigm shift as we let go of a relationship that no longer exists.
And, if none of this works, just turn on some blues music, because there's someone out there who has it worse than you, and he likely wrote a song about it.