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Beating the Post-Christmas Blues

Well, the tree is down (or maybe in some stage of “de-tannenbaumification”), wrapping paper is picked up and thrown away, gifts are cleared out and possibly in use…and we’re all pretty much back to work and school.  {{sigh}}

Need some help getting back in the saddle?  Well you’ve come to the right place!

Natural Ways to Deal with Post-Christmas Depression

Even though, or maybe because, there is so much stress generated during the holidays, once it’s all over, there is a natural tendency to feel “let down.” We have no more parties to squeeze in, no more gifts to buy or wrap, no trips to plan, and no cards to write and send (unless you’re like me and send them out sometime in late January!!).

So how can we banish those post-Christmas blues?

1) Embrace them

I know that sounds strange, but if you stop fighting your feelings, take some time to allow yourself to feel blue, and recognize that it’s only natural, that alone helps to remove quite a bit of the stress of making yourself feel something you’re not…  Carve some time out to reminisce about what you’re missing, and you may find the memories of a sweet holiday time with family, or fun party where you caught up with old friends will bring a smile to your face and lift your mood.

2) Do an activity you enjoy

Pick up a good book (or the one you started before Christmas!), paint your nails, listen to music, go for a walk, play a video game with your kids, watch a comedy or a funny video – you know, they say laughter is the best medicine! And sometimes just getting involved in an activity you enjoy will bring happy results.

3) Spend time with someone you love

Go out for lunch with your hubby, call a friend and meet for a cup of coffee; the important thing here is not the activity so much as the company you’re keeping! Volunteer in the community or get involved in a service project with a friend. But honestly, you don’t have to do ANYthing, if you have one of those friends who enjoy just being with you <3!

4) Clean up Christmas

While this may seem counter-productive, this was what I did to get the ball rolling this year.  We’d had almost 2 solid weeks of out-of-town family and friends and when the last crew left, we looked at each other and realized we were all having a hard time.  So I got started by just pulling the boxes down from the attic, and before I knew it, the kids and I were all busy wrapping up ornaments, storing decorations, running the vacuum, etc. When we all were finished, it was a big treat to see the house all sparkly and clean and the furniture in a new arrangement.

5) Get some rest

Seriously, is there ANYthing a good nap doesn’t make better?  And maybe, if your holidays were really busy, another nap the next day, too!  Make sure you get some “me time” in.

6) Daydream or plan the potential in the coming year

If you follow our blog, you know we’ve been talking about approaching the coming year with intention.  If you don’t “do” New Year’s resolutions, consider coming up with a Word or Verse for the year, and then start imagining how it might play out.  At the very least, jot down some notes on what you’d like to accomplish this year: a new project, a family vacation, you know, something big, and start sketching our what you have to do to make it happen!

One of these tips is bound to help you shake off the post-Christmas blues and get your new year off to a good start!

What do YOU do to lift your mood and your spirits?  We’d love to hear about it in the comments below…

And warmest wishes for a terrific year!

Shared with: Cornerstone Confessions, A Little R & R, and 3 GLOL


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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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4 Responses to Beating the Post-Christmas Blues

  1. Debbie @ Bible Fun For Kids January 7, 2015 at 7:36 am #

    I don’t usually get the blues after Christmas, but I do get tired of the house being out of order aftet the holidays. Usually, after everyone leaves, we start taking stuff down and putting it away!Thanks for sharing the post! I enjoyed reading it.

    • Pat January 7, 2015 at 8:07 am #

      Good for you!! Personally, I’ve found that my “blues” are mostly due to that mess factor. I’m learning that I just don’t do well with alot of stuff around or out of order. It’s really hard for me to keep things picked up, but I feel SO. MUCH. BETTER. when I do!!
      Glad you enjoyed the post…always glad to have a kindred spirit stop by!

  2. Mary Geisen January 6, 2015 at 8:14 pm #

    Great ideas! I love #3 for several reasons-I like being with others but I also enjoy the quiet time with just me. I am intrigued that you own a coffee shop and have always thought that would be something I would like to do. I can also be described as an older woman now and look forward to this next stage in my life. I am blessed you visited my blog and love meeting new friends and finding new community.

    • Pat January 7, 2015 at 8:04 am #

      Hi Mary! Love your blog (and can especially relate to yesterday’s “Closet Eater” post… But anyway… The coffee shop thing is, sadly, no more, but I really DO have to blog someday on all the things I learned through the experience! I still have a dream, tho, of running a beachfront coffee shop someday…like when we “retire”!! Haha!
      Hope you visit now and again…and share a post or two of those gems you write! 🙂
      We love growing community over here, too!

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