For most areas of the U.S. the weeks following Christmas can be some of the coldest of the year. January temps in Minnesota are notoriously ridiculously cold, and this often keeps lots of us temperature wimps indoors for the duration. When you combine that with the emotional roller coaster that we ride for the Christmas season, it's not difficult to see how some of us can get a little down.
This isn't just a northern states phenomena either. Folks even in the warmer states are coming down off the highs of Christmas and feeling a bit blue. I've felt it, and I'm guessing you have too. I was thinking this morning about ways that we can battle the blues, and many of the ideas I came up with only require a bit of planning. Here's some food for thought if you are struggling to regain your energy and mood equilibrium:
- First, expect the blues to come. Sometimes just being aware of what's coming can help us prepare and not get caught off guard. I think often the surprise element is the hardest to deal with.
- Be kind to yourself. Stock up your fridge with lots of healthy fruits and veggies, drink lots of water and get some exercise. After all the indulgences of the holidays, it can feel really good to fuel our bodies with nutrient dense food, and this will help our moods too.
- If your budget will allow, plan a trip for later in January or early February. I've been doing this for several years now, and it helps to have something else to look forward to.
- Smile. It may feel like you are just going through the motions, but often our feelings follow our actions. Do something kind for someone, walk with a spring in your step, or find a good comedy movie to watch. You'll be surprised how far this little action can go!
- Lots of you who visit this site are Christmas crafters, and this can be a great time to get a jump start on some of the projects that you didn't have time for last month. Recycle those Christmas cards like we talked about last week, hit up the craft stores for all the holiday clearance sales. Some people I know even choose one Christmas craft to do each month of the year, and they make that plan in January.
There's many reasons why we get the blues after a huge holiday like Christmas, but it doesn't have to linger or be so bad. If you find your feelings of sadness and boredom overwhelming, don't hesitate to seek some help. So many people struggle with this, and you are definitely not alone.