The gifts are open, the parties are over and all of the treats are gone. Now what? It’s time to return to our regular lives and face the harsh reality of empty calendars and overindulgence. All of this can be completely overwhelming and lead to a lingering sense of sadness and a lack of motivation. If you suddenly feel this way when January comes around, you’ve got the after-holiday blues. But it doesn't need to be that way. As our gift to you, we’ve gathered four of the very best tips for losing those seasonal blues and finding happiness all year long.
- Keep the Cheer All Year – The infectious joy and exhilaration of the holidays doesn’t need to end when they do. Why not be cheerful and excited for other holidays, special occasions and even every day of the year? See, a major part of keeping your spirits up after the holidays is tweaking your attitude toward the positive. Once the holidays are over, try to embrace the good in every day. Welcome winter with scented candles. Plan fun events throughout the year. Decorate your home for other holidays and seasons. And treat yourself to little gifts every so often. By focusing on the many things to celebrate in the year ahead, you’ll quickly leave the blues behind.
- Take Time to Spend Time Together – When you’re caught up in the frenzy and festivities of the holidays, it can be hard to stay in touch with certain friends and family. Now that your calendar is open, fill it up by reaching out to these special people and beginning new relationships. Make plans to meet for lunch. Catch up over a cup of coffee. Go see a movie together. Gather a group for a fun night out. Reconnecting with people is one of the highlights of the holidays, so why not keep that tradition alive far beyond December? Spending quality time with the people you care about will keep your spirits up all year long.
- Begin A New Hobby – One of the best ways to shake off those after-holiday blues is by taking on a new hobby. Starting an interesting activity gives you something to focus on and serves as great distraction from any sadness that you’re feeling. So think about an activity that you’ve always wanted to try and give it a go! Whether you take an art class, join a sports team or plant a backyard garden, a hobby will give you a sense of purpose and be a whole lot of fun!
- Make a Healthy Start – Most of us overindulge too often and exercised too little during the fun-filled holiday season. But eating lots of sugary, fatty foods can cause problems for more than your waistline—it can have a major impact on your mood. Studies have shown that an unhealthy diet can lead to irritability, mood swings and even depression. But now is the perfect time to get your healthy habits back on track. Start by trading in the cookies and eggnog for veggies, fresh fruit, lean proteins and healthy carbs. And get completely back in the groove by moving your body again. Exercise releases feel-good chemicals that help to banish bad moods, while taking off those holiday pounds. Returning to healthy habits will have you feeling better and help you be your best.
With these four blues-busting strategies, you can turn your happy holidays into feeling happy every day.