Did you know that post-holiday blues are a real thing?
There is little research to explain “why” yet factors probably include the switch from mundane living to out-of-the-ordinary living and the return again to the mundane. Another factor could be our tendency as humans to have holiday expectations that can be disappointed. And this is all without cancer in the equation.
Here is an excerpt from Libby MacCarthy’s article Understanding Post-Holiday Depression and Blues which shares some ideas on how to cope:
How To Get Over Post-Holiday Blues
Working yourself out of a post-holiday funk requires putting some extra emphasis on the basics of physical and mental well-being and adjusting expectations:
Take care of yourself.
Quality sleep, regular exercise, and a nutrient-dense diet—these healthy lifestyle cornerstones are recommended by experts to boost mood and manage depression symptoms. Between late-night festivities, sugary snacks and long to-do lists, these practices often fall to the wayside during the holiday season. Re-establishing them as a regular and non-negotiable fixture in your routine is essential for getting back on track if you’re struggling emotionally.
Schedule time for fun.
Social interaction is a critical component of enhanced well-being. Now that the holiday parties have petered out, an empty calendar might feel a bit depressing. Filling up your planner with activities you enjoy will give you something to look forward to and help keep contrast effects at bay. It’s easy to withdraw when you’re feeling down. Reaching out to and getting face time in with friends and other people you care about—even when you don’t feel like it—can also provide a much-needed boost.
Be patient and go easy on yourself.
Post-holiday blues won’t stick around forever. In the meantime, cut yourself some slack. Don’t beat yourself up for feeling the way you do and take the time you need to find your footing. If symptoms do persist, consider consulting a specialist.
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