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Avoid the Post-Holiday Blues: Top 5 Everyday Pick-Me-Ups

Call it silent nights of a different sort.  It’s the first week of January, and you’ve had a solid time period of literally not a creature stirring, not even a mouse. After so much excitement, with all the celebrations, decorations and high spirits leading up to New Year’s, and then…well, nothing. January 2nd is just a regular day.  It’s the post-holiday phenomenon of “Now what?” and many people get the blues.

Fear not.  On a regular basis, there are countless ways to give ourselves doses of excitement even when it’s not a holiday. Here are 5 great ways to combat post-holiday blues with post-holiday pick-me-ups.

  1. Go out on a mid-January date. You don’t even have to be hitched – just go with anyone you love. Choose a place you have both wanted to go to but haven’t had the opportunity, set the date in stone, and for crying out loud, go out.     
  2. Write down all that you loved about the holiday period. When you find yourself fantasizing about the good times, it helps to harness them, tangibly, by writing them down. So, write a list of whatever comes to mind that you enjoyed about the holidays.  Number them from most favorite to least favorite – read on to see why.
  3. Bring the holidays into the mundane. See that list you just wrote? Figureout how you can integrate at least some of your most-favorite items into Everyday life. For example, while you won’t have that Xmas tree or Hanukah menorah up year-round, you can implement other emotionally-warming rituals into your everyday routine. Brainstorm, choose a few ideas, and make them happen.
  4. Give yourself a gift. You think yearly gift-giving is just for the winter holidays and birthdays? And just for others? Think again. You can give yourself a gift anytime – e.g. a spa treatment, a new pair of shoes, or a big thick juicy hamburger, eaten in a pretty park. It’s your choice. By giving yourself a gift, you’re acknowledging your own self-worth. 
  5. Exercise and eat healthy. This is a bottom-line must-have. Ever noticed what happens when you go a few days without exercising, and on top of it, eat a bunch of junk? That’s often what holidays are like. Lack of Exercise coupled with high-sugar foods can physically lead people to feel depressed because they are not experiencing the natural highs from exercise (serotonin, anyone?); they also crash from sugar-high to sugar-low. While we don’t recommend a totally sugar-free diet with an hour of daily aerobic exercise for everyone, we do recommend that sugar be kept to a minimum, and that you break a sweat at least a few times a week. These lifestyle habits will stave off depression for many people.

We wish you a Happy New Year, starting off right by making routine life happy. By engaging in exciting, warming activities throughout the year, you will be less likely to have letdowns after the holidays.  Happy 2016!

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