I have to admit that it’s been super hard for me to be productive after the holidays. It seems like after all of the festivities have passed, I end up falling into a state of the post-holiday blues. I’ve been dragging my feet to work, and am uninspired to start blogging again. The only thing I want to do lately is curl up in bed with my TV shows. Do you guys ever feel down after the holidays too? Here are a few tips on how to beat the post-holiday blues:
1. Accept that What You’re Feeling is Normal
Have you guys ever watched the movie Inside Out? In the movie, Joy is seen as one of the most appealing and easily liked characters. She’s happy-go-lucky and and always quick to get things done. Everyone seems to believe that Sadness has no purpose and is unimportant. She is seen as sluggish, negative, and unattractive, but by the end of the movie Sadness rises as one of the most important characters/emotions.
Living in a world that is fast paced, always on the go, and favors happy people, can make it seem that being sad is wrong. However, we need the emotion of sadness to remind us to slow down and process everything we are going through. Without sadness we can’t experience joy, so simply accept the way you are feeling and allow yourself to go through the emotion.
During the holidays, there just never seems to be enough time to get everything done. Everyone is constantly rushing to get gifts, decorations, and prepare all that delicious food. There’s barely any time to catch your breath! After the holidays, it’s important to provide yourself with a well deserved time of rest. Allow yourself to take a break with out feeling guilty about it and get a full 8-9 hours of sleep. Trust me, you’ll look and feel much better!
3. Stay Connected
My favorite part about the holidays is having more time to spend with my friends and family. During the rest of the year, it seems like coordinating schedules to meet up nearly impossible. I love having those extra days off and knowing that my friends and family aren’t stuck at work or school too! I find that I feel the most joy after spending time with my loved ones, and that sadness kicks in when I feel disconnected with them.
Thankfully, modern day technology makes it super easy for us to stay connected. Make an effort to ask your loved one how they are doing more often, or even schedule in more lunch/dinner dates.
4. Treat Yo Self
You guys know that I’m a big fan of “treating yo self”! The holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year. All of those gifts and parties can take a lot of time, effort, preparation, and money. You devote most of your time catering to the needs and wishes of your friends and family. When we do this, it’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves. Why not treat yourself to a nice meal, manicure/pedicure, or a relaxing evening at home to re-cooperate?
5. Look Forward, Not Back
A great way to beat the post-holiday blues is by looking forward to the new year! Write out a list of goals, bucket list, or plan a trip in the new year. This will give you more things to look forward to and keep you excited for what’s to come!
What are your tips to beating the post-holiday blues?