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Posted on Jan 2, 2018 in Anxiety, Counseling, Depression, Health and Fitness, Holidays, News, Self Esteem

Tips to Avoid Post-Holiday Blues

Many gatherings with family and friends filled your time from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. The holidays – and all of the fun (and stress)  they brought – are now past. Schedules were busy.  It’s now January 2nd. Back to real life!

The return to regular life after all of the festivities can sometimes throw you off balance. Here are a few tips to make a smooth transition into the New Year.

man depressed after holidays

Find your regular routine

The holidays are a time for extra treats – sweets, rich meals, an extra glass of wine or other favorite beverage. Staying up late, sleeping in and other activities that are not part of your usual routine can make it difficult to return to work. The sooner you can get back on track, the better you will feel.

Cultivate some new interests

Did you learn something new over the holidays? Take some time to explore more about it by reading a book about the subject or perhaps take a class at your local library, park district or online.

Plan a few things to look forward to over the next few months

Take a 1 – 2 – 3 approach to this.

  1. Plan a small thing to do today: a cup of tea with a friend, call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while, research a new restaurant to try and make that reservation!
  2. Look a little further ahead and plan a date night with your significant other or perhaps plan a weekend away to somewhere you have always wanted to visit.
  3. Plan that “big something.” Perhaps it’s that week long hiking trip or a vacation to a favorite resort. Decide and make the arrangements.

Start – or add to an existing – exercise routine

Exercise relieves stress, helps regulate moods and helps you to sleep better. Sign up for a new class at the gym. Grab a friend – or your dog – and hit the trails of the nearest nature center (they are beautiful in winter, too!).  Schedule your exercise for a time you know you will do it. Make a date with yourself and keep it!

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