3 Ways to Boost Mental Health After the Holiday Rush

By Genevieve Cunningham

The holidays are packed full of fun and excitement. There are a million things to do and only a short time in which to do it. While this is certainly a time of year to look forward to, it can also bring with it a ton of stress. In fact, the span of time just after the holidays is one of the toughest times on our stress levels and mental health. To protect your mental health and give it a boost, take a look at these tips that should be done right after the holiday rush.

Take Some Recovery Time

The holidays are so busy. It seems as though we're constantly on the go. And any downtime? Forget about it. When the hustle and bustle are finally gone, it's a good idea to take some time for yourself. The time alone can be a much welcomed safe space after dealing with family and friends through the season. Take a mini vacation, spend a day all alone at home, or do whatever it takes to rest your body and mind and recharge your batteries.

Exercise

You may not feel much like working out, but it's one of the best things you can do to start feeling like yourself again. Exercise helps rid the body of mental stress. And after the get-togethers of the holidays, it's likely you’ll need the stress relief. This can also help you lose any extra weight that was picked up over the break, and help you get moving, both physically and mentally, into the next stage of the year.

Declutter Your Space

The holidays are a time when we collect a lot of stuff. Presents and food and seasonal clothing. But the more cluttered we allow our physical space to be, the more cluttered we’ll feel in our minds. Take the time to declutter your space -- the car, your home, and even the office -- and you’ll quickly feel more organized and relaxed in your mind and body as well.

The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year. It's no wonder that we are exhausted and mentally drained by the time it's all said and done. But once the hustle has finally died down, use these tips to wind down, relax, and mentally prepare yourself for the rest of the year.

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