The holiday hoopla has come to an end, and life as we know it has come ‘round again…
So, why do I feel so blue?
It’s normal to experience post-holiday doldrums. Some of us experience a let down after all the holiday hype. Others are stressed about the money they just spent. Still, some people dread getting back to “regular life”. The list is as long as Santa’s list as to why, but here are four steps to making the transition to everyday life a little smoother.
…Now, go treat yourself to a long hot bath!
Recognize the feeling and acknowledge it
We often want to bury negative feelings, but it is healthy and liberating to be aware of them. You will be surprised how much easier it is to deal with it. I recognized that I was a little sad and out of sorts after my sister’s visit. I guess I just enjoyed her company and enjoyed being in the role of sister for awhile (don’t get me wrong, I love the roles of mom, wife, friend, colleague, but sometimes…). Once I named the feeling and traced the cause, I could deal with it and move on.
Relax, it will do your body good
Tell yourself it is okay to feel a little down and give yourself some time to get back to normal. You will get there sooner if you are patient with yourself. Now, go and treat yourself to a long hot bath! Here is a quick, easy, sugar scrub to get you started.
Schedule in gym time
There is nothing like a great workout to combat the blues and give you that He-Man/She-Ra feeling (I am totally dating myself with this one. If you don’t know who I am talking about, google it). While fitting in regular workouts will help you fit back into your jeans, here’s a word of warning. Giving it 150% can often lead to frustration and stress. I know that holiday overindulgence is eating at you (no pun intended), but point is to get it on your schedule and stick to it! You will see results over time.
Revitalize your body, revitalize your mind
If you are like me, you’ve abused your body more than usual this holiday season. Give your energy and mood a boost by eating nutritious foods and more specifically, adding more Omega 3s to your diet. Omega 3 fatty acids can help you get that natural high, as they make up much of our brain tissue. Foods high in Omega 3s include flaxseed, walnuts, and you guessed it, fish. If you don’t see yourself incorporating a lot of this in your diet, take a high quality supplement. The Omega 3s I use also include pure essential oils. Read more about oils and depression in Prozac or Natural Essential Oil for Depression.
Remember, although its normal to feel a bit down after the holidays, severe depression may require professional help. However, if you just need to shake off the funk, give these four tips a try and get back into the swing of everyday life. That is, until you long for the holiday season again! Be well, Lynn & Jon