Monday, December 26, 2011

5 Tips for Kicking Post-Holiday Blues

As the holiday season comes to an end, so, too, does the high octane way you've planned, shopped, traveled, and socialized. The holiday momentum of go, go, go, going screeches to a grinding halt.

Problem is, all the neurochemistry you needed to help you get through the holidays - stress hormones called cortisol and adrenaline – are leaving you feeling burned out, irritable, and just plain cranky.

Maybe your hopes for holidays with family and friends were unmet, and you now have to deal with emotional let-down. Then there's the march of the holiday bills -and thinking about paying the piper is not only depleting your bank account but your emotional well-being. All of these experiences are symptoms of Post Holiday Blues.

5 Tips to Kick the Blues

1. Sleep. After prolonged periods of stress, the body needs more sleep to slow the production of cortisol and adrenaline. Schedule a pajama day to just do nothing and rest. Consider unplugging from technology to give yourself some time to refuel.

2. Exercise. Moving your body at least 30 minutes a day will help rid excess adrenaline and cortisol that keep you from relaxing and/or sleeping soundly. Walk, run, and play with the dog. Have a catch with the kids. Just move your body.

3. Look forward. Keep your eyes on the next prize. The next birthday, an upcoming concert, a sporting event, etc. This keeps you forward-looking into the year rather than concentrating on the past holidays.

4. Relive the Memories. Objects and experiences help us embrace memories. Make sure you wear that new shirt or have the holiday photos somewhere in view. Taking time to appreciate the best-loved holiday moments will offset sadness.

5. Talk about it. Sharing your emotional experiences with another can help you problem solve and feel connected, reducing the likelihood of depression taking hold. Talking is also a great way of revisiting happy moments, making sense of sad experiences and solidifying self-decision making.


Anonymous said...

Those were so appropriate that I printed them out to just keep the blahs at bay.
Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.

The Writing Goddess said...

Great tips, thanks for sharing.

And absolutely love the dog with the champagne hangover.

Deb said...

SO true!!! I am totally relaxing ALL DAY LONG today until the next big event. So important to recharge and yes, look forward to! Loved this post! Gonna share it on Twitter if that's ok... :) Happy Holidays!!!

e said...

Great tips. I hope you enjoyed the holiday.

Purple Pineapple said...

Okay, yup, definitely feeling cranky (I feel sorry for my bf...he's getting the worst of me right now)and "down" the past couple of days. I've been trying to read upbeat books and watch funny shows to help get my mind off of stuff. The pic of the drunk dog totally made me smile :)

Thanks for the great tips...and now I will take your advise and have a nap :)

Angeliki said...

I like these tips. Thank you! I also love the photo you chose. So funny :) I wish you a healthy, peaceful and wonderful New Year!

Miranda said...

Mmm...relaxing. Great tips, thanks. Wishing you and yours a very Happy New year!!!

Raine said...

Happy New Years Deb. Thanks for being here for us all this time. We apreciate you

Rosalynd Doneghy said...

Nice to know that others feel this way after the holidays. It is an awful feeling.

Wanda's Wings said...

I think I have been doing too much of number one.

Carl said...

So simple, and free. And you know I find there to be something exhilarating about walking or hiking in the cold air. Overcoming a little physical adversity is also great for kicking the blues.