How to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues
By Genevieve Cunningham
There is something about this time of year that is just slightly … depressing. The constant go of the holidays are over. Family has packed up and returned home. There is very little to look forward to for seemingly months on end. Perhaps it is the combination of all of these things that makes this time of year especially hard for many people. The post holiday blues are a real thing, but getting past them is crucial for your long-term well-being. If you’re feeling a little bit down after the holiday rush, check out these tips for managing your mental health and feeling your best again.
Plan an Adventure
When we generally think of an adventure, we imagine traveling to a far off country, climbing a mountain, or bungee jumping off of the side of a bridge. But the word adventure has a much broader definition. During this downtime following the holidays, try taking a trip to a local city that you’ve never been to before, checking out local state parks, or finally visiting that museum that you’ve been promising yourself you’d check out. These are small adventures, but they give you something to look forward to and get excited about. Find something fun, make a plan, and you’ll brighten your days in no time.
Gather With Friends
Even though family can be a bit overwhelming at times, it’s always a little sad when you have to say goodbye. To fill the void, take this opportunity to meet with your friends. Make some dinner plans, meet at a coffee shop, or get together at someone’s house. Friends are like extended family, and they can make you feel less lonely during this time of year. Any time you’re feeling down, no matter the time of year, meeting with your best friends is sure to boost your mood for good.
Pick Up a New Hobby
Hobbies are so good for our minds. They keep us busy and engaged. They challenge us and force us to learn new things. And when you’re already feeling a little blue, they can take your mind off of your worries and keep you feeling a little more upbeat. Choose a hobby that has been on your mind or that you’ve been interested in in the past. Now is a great time to focus your energy in a positive way, and possibly gain a brand new skill in the process.
Getting rid of that depressing feeling after the holidays is a tough job, but it’s definitely possible as long as you know what to do. To give you a bit of a head start, just use these tips starting today. With some persistence and patience, you’ll make it through feeling your best just in time for the warm months ahead.
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