As the clock struck twelve and the last of the fireworks died down, you’ve already started thinking that the holidays are over. No more Christmas tree, tinsel, and carols, no more delicious food, no more cookies. Instead, you have to go back to your ordinary life. Post holiday blues are a real thing which more and more psychologists are recognizing. Here are a few ways to beat them.
1. Bounce Back from Jet Lag
It’s important to understand that jet lag can happen even if you haven’t traveled somewhere with a significant time zone difference or if you didn’t travel at all. The explanation is simple enough. When you’re working, you have a pretty straightforward schedule. Let’s say you wake up at 7:30 AM and go to sleep at 12 PM every day. There’s very little room for variation because you need to get to work in the morning and you also need your seven or eight hours of sleep.
However, during the holidays, you stay up until 4 AM and wake up at 11. Then you take a nap around 3 PM and maybe even doze off in front of the movie you were watching around 9 PM. You’ve got a long night ahead of you, anyway. This throws your schedule off balance, causing jet lag.
2. Plan Something Nice for Yourself
According to psychologists, if you’re trying to fight negative feelings or the post holiday blues, you need to have something to look forward to. Your next vacation might be a bit far away to start planning right now, but you can start small. Plan a weekend brunch with your friends or your significant other at a fancy restaurant. Or a wine tasting outside town. It will be enough to count as a pleasurable activity that can help reduce the stress you’re feeling for having to go back to your normal life.
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3. Lock Up the Liquor Cabinet
While on vacation, it becomes a bit of a habit to drink. You have a mimosa with lunch, a cocktail with brunch, some eggnog and mulled wine with your meals or between them because it’s Christmas, and the list goes on.
However, psychologists warn us that this little overindulgence in alcohol can condition our brains into thinking that we can only have fun while we drink. It’s highly important to understand that it was a one-time thing which was made possible by the holidays.
Moreover, they also say that alcohol, instead of cheering you up and fighting those post holiday blues, can actually have the reverse effect. It can become a depressant, especially if you drink alone.
Instead of a conclusion, here’s a bonus round. Learn to accept the situation. Your life is not beautiful only during the holidays. If that is the case and you truly suffer from clinical post holiday blues, take it as a lesson and start to make some changes for a better life and a better you!