Annually holidays come and go, but the after effect of all the fun, meals and relaxing activities we had seemed to have stuck with us, days after we should actually get back to the reality of our lives that quite demands our attention. Why is that? Well, there could be a lot of reasons to that and some might be anxiety, work place stress, toxic work plan autonomy, fatigue, bad losses etc. Though atimes the holiday blues experienced by an individual is fundamental fundamentally psychological.
Expert therefore advices that if you experience the holiday blues symptoms lasting longer than two weeks or show some level of severity, you may want to contact a professional, but for mild cases of the post holiday blues. Here are a couple of ways to get out of it.
1. Reframe how you think about January and February
It’s easy to think of the first two months of the year as dark, cold, and dreary. And even if the first two are objectively true, assigning a negative descriptor to them can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. With a little willingness and a few perspective changes, you can view these hunker-down months as an invitation to catch up on home organization projects, books, Netflix series, family game nights, or anything else you don’t have time for the rest of the year. Keep in mind: February is short, the days are getting longer, and spring is around the corner.
2. Keep Track of your eating
Some persons are of the theory that food is a good companion especially when upset, or disappointed. So, at such ma’y people incline towards eating as their first immediate solution to any pressing problem before them especially when it seems grave. A 2019 study shows, “evidence indicates a strong association between a poor diet and the exacerbation of mood disorders, including anxiety and depression.” Well, clearly eating is not always a solution to every problem, might not even be a solution to half of them. So, it is smarter to watch and pay close attention to your eating habits. No doubt, munching on. A yummy plate of cereals may abate your anger and how you should have react to a situation but that might be a bad habit and what about in cases whereby there’s nothing to Munch on? How about replacing that urge to eat something during a situation and rather, opt to make a quick count from 1-20 during those agitated emotional outburst. You don’t have to change everything you eat but adding more vitamin and nutrient-rich staples, and cutting back on fried foods and sweets may help improve your state of mind especially if experiencing an holiday blue.
3. Plan your next adventure
Give yourself something to do or look forward to, like a home improvement project, your next vacation, or a road trip to see people you care about—anything that gives your thoughts and attention another place to land. Even if it’s not something as fun as travel, you can feel a burst of proud productivity even by checking long-awaited tasks off your list. And finishing small tasks will energize you to tackle bigger to do’s. You’ve been wanting to file that errant pile of papers in your office for about a year, haven’t you?
4. Talk to Someone
While some persons dread holidays perhaps because of how lonely they may get to be, some actually suffer from post holiday blues, too depressed to get their head out of the holiday and back to work, too sad and obsessed to let go of the warm feeling, so it lingers in their minds.
Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D, “although it may feel like depression, it is more likely this mood is one of loss.” Much like finishing a major project at work, a school semester, or a vacation, there can be an unsettling feeling of “what now?” after pouring yourself into something
5. Cut down on your alcohol intake
Alcohol is everywhere during the holiday season, and it’s fun to partake. Let’s not forget, though, that it’s a depressant that can leave you feeling emotionally low, irritable, and brain-fogged the next day—and it disrupts restorative, REM sleep. Consider trying Dry January if you want, taking up mindful drinking, or giving yourself a mini-break from booze altogether.
Exercise is always important, but never more than when you’re starting to feel down. According to the Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, “aerobic exercises – jogging, swimming, cycling, walking, gardening, and dancing, have been proved to reduce anxiety and depression” due in part to increased blood circulation to the brain.
It doesn’t need to be a killer workout at the gym. Something as simple as a walk can have a positive effect. (And we should still try to go outside, even if it’s cold.) Leaving your house is key to shake off the feeling of quiet inertia at home. If you need a low gradient to get started, try one of these exercises you can do in your bed.