Last Updated on August 26, 2021.
The Post-Christmas Blues are a real thing, and if you’ve ever experienced them then you know what it feels like to have the holiday season come to an end. The cold weather is coming in, the kids are getting bored of playing with their new toys, and everyone has cabin fever. How can we stay cheerful into 2022?
What are the Post-Christmas Blues?
You’ve spent weeks, possibly months, preparing for an amazing holiday season. It’s natural to feel some disappointment when the season comes to an end.
The Post-Christmas Blues is a term that’s been around for at least 80 years and it refers to feelings of sadness or depression after Christmas day. It’s are more than just feeling “blue” in January, although there may be some elements of this as well.
12 Tips & Tricks to Beat the Post-Christmas Blues
Take Down the Tree (& Decorations)
One of the quickest ways to move on from the holidays is to take down all the decorations. Once you’ve tidied up, it will feel like a new year!
Continue to Give
Generocity feels good. Beat the blues by continuing to give. It doesn’t have to be anything big but think of small ways you can help your family and friends.
Schedule “Me Time”
The holidays can be draining. Take some time to recharge by scheduling some “me time” in your calendar. It might help lift your spirits and fuel your energy, which will be needed for the new year.
Start a Gratitude Journal
Take on an attitude of gratitude. When we take time to appreciate the things we have, we’ll find that the Post-Christmas Blues don’t feel so bad.
Plan Next Year’s Vacation
Start planning your family’s next vacation now. Banish the Post-Christmas Blues by thinking about where you want to go and what you want to do in 2022 or 2023!
Prep for the New Year
Get ready for the New Year! Get a head start on some of your resolutions and set aside any goals you want to accomplish.
Start Spring Cleaning Early
Boost your spirits by starting your spring cleaning now! Get rid of all the old clothes, toys, and decorations. Deep clean your house and start your new year clutter-free.
Cut Back on Social Media
Social media can be a great tool but we can start to feel depressed when we get too caught up in it. Take some time off from social media to clear your mind. You might find that you enjoy being offline more than online!
Take charge of your mood by getting active! Head to the gym, take a walk around your neighborhood, or head outside to do some yard work (or snow shoveling!). Sweat out all those holiday pounds you might have gained and get back into shape for the new year.
Plan a Family Outing
Spending time with family is a great way to beat Post-Christmas Blues. Family time can help you forget about the stress and start to feel like you’re part of a community. Plan a family outing now and make sure to include something that you all like doing together!
Start Learning a New Skill or Hobby
Try improving your mood by finding some new hobbies! It can be anything from learning how to cook or taking up knitting, the possibilities are endless! You might find that it’s easier than expected because there is something else you enjoy doing.
Laughter is great medicine for the Post-Christmas Blues. Laughing has been shown to release endorphins in the brain which make us feel good. Post-Christmas Blues might not go away completely, but taking a few minutes out of your day to watch some funny videos can help you start feeling better!
Summarize: Beat Post-Christmas Blues by following these 12 tips and tricks, including taking down the tree and decorations, continuing to give, scheduling “me time,” starting a gratitude journal, and planning next year’s vacation. Post-Christmas Blues can be a hard time for families so try to make the most of it together!
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