How to Overcome
the After-Christmas Blues
The after-Christmas blues has begun. Your extended family has gone back home. The Christmas songs on the radio have stopped playing. The sudden change from the rush of the holidays, to returning to daily routine brings about what many refer to as the after-Christmas blues. After all of the hustle and bustle of the season, going back to a regular routine can be enough to lower anyone’s spirits. While this is completely normal, it can still be difficult to overcome. We are going to help you overcome the after-Christmas blues! Here are the four best ways to overcome the after-Christmas blues:
- Get social
- Set high expectations
- Make a change
The after-Christmas blues are normal, and you shouldn’t worry about feeling a little down after the holidays. With these tips, you can easily overcome this feeling!
How to Overcome the After-Christmas Blues
- Get Social. One of the main reasons people get that “blah” feeling is that they go from having a full house to a pretty empty one. To overcome this, make sure that you stay connected with others. Be proactive and phone a close friend and make weekend plans. Alternatively, begin a new hobby or class. With a new year beginning, there are often many specials and discounts to get signed up for anything from fitness classes to barista classes.
- Set high expectations. You’ve heard the phrase, “Happiness is a state of mind.” This means that happiness is a choice that we make about our situation. If you keep a positive outlook for the year ahead, it can be an effective way to ease the after-Christmas blues. Focus on upcoming celebrations, vacations, and even changing seasons. When you put your attention on upcoming events and start making plans for them, it is a good distraction and will get you excited for the future!
- Laugh. This may sound to be easier said than done, however, there are many ways to crack a smile and laugh! A surefire way? Gather up a group of friends, find the closest comedy club to you, and get ready to laugh until your stomach hurts! Other ways to get a good laugh? Go to the movies and watch a comedy you’ve been wanting to see. Laugh at yourself! Did you just spend 10 minutes searching for your glasses and they ended up being on top of your head the whole time? Instead of getting frustrated, laugh at yourself! Believe me, we’ve all been there!
- Make a change. Like we mentioned, the “blah” feeling is completely normal, but if you are feeling overwhelmed by this about certain aspects, it may be time to make a change. Is the thought of going back to work bringing you down? Now might be the time to look for a new job. Are you feeling low because certain aspects of your health are upsetting you? Make a commitment to sign up for the gym and get yourself healthy. There’s never a better time than now to make the changes you want to make!
Remember, a new year is just around the corner, and is the perfect time for a fresh and positive start!