Coping with Post-Holiday Blues

coping with post holiday blues

Do you find it hard getting back into the swing of normal life after the holidays? Most of us do to some extent. The holidays aren’t just a couple of special day after all. We spend all of December preparing, shopping, enjoying festive treats and events and getting excited for the holidays. You might start even earlier, and it can feel like you’re leading an alternate life in the run-up to the big day. Then, there is the weird week when no one knows what day it is, and the passage of time is marked by how many pieces of Quality Street are still in the box.  Suddenly, the tree is down, and we’re back to work/braving school runs and expected to return to normal, as though nothing has happened. Some of us find ourselves dealing with post-holiday blues and even depression. Here are some of the things that you can do to help yourself adjust back to your daily life, minimising the blues as much as possible. 

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Deal with Any Health Issues

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Sometimes, the holidays, highlight significant issues with our health and fitness we might have been ignoring for some time. When we’re looking at resolutions or reflecting on the year that has passed, we might notice bad habits, addictions and other issues that are stopping us from being our best. It’s all too easy to keep ignoring these problems. But, a better decision is to find out more at ANA Treatment Centre or book an appointment with your doctor. Confront any health issues or habits as soon as you can, so that you can move forward in the New Year without worry. 

Enjoy Dry January

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Most of us drink more than usual over the holidays. At the time, this can be fun, but too much alcohol can harm your mental health. You might find that you struggle to get back to your usual moderate drinking habits and that your mood suffers. A January detox – or permanent decision to give up drinking – can improve your health and attitude in the New Year. 

Get Back Into Your Routine

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Getting back to a regular schedule can be tough, but often diving back in is much easier than starting slowly. Try to get back into your old routine as soon as you can without giving too much thought to how much you wish you didn’t have to. Having some daily structure isn’t a bad thing; it gives us purpose and gratitude.  

Make Plans with Friends

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The holidays being over doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun or enjoy seeing the people that you love. Make plans with friends, and try to commit to seeing each other regularly throughout the year. 

Plans for the Year Ahead

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Having exciting plans for the rest of the year can give you something to look forward to, and help to break the year up. Book a holiday for the summer, and tickets for events and shows throughout the year. Even writing a list of things that you would like to do can be a big mood boost. 

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Make Time for Yourself

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Getting back to your routine can be challenging for most people. You might have to catch up at work or maybe have more to do than usual. To cope with the blues, make an effort to make time for yourself. Do things that you love, focus on your health and wellbeing, and spend time on what makes you genuinely happy. 

How do you cope after the holiday madness?

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