Keeping Post-Holiday Blues at Bay

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The holidays may be a whirlwind of activities, revelries, and excitement. But it is not often a happy occasion for everyone. For some inexplicable reason, some people feel the blues at some point for varied reasons. The good news is that there are fairly simple ways to brighten your mood and make the most of the positive energy all around.

1. Enjoy moments of solitude. If you spend most of the holidays hanging out with people – family, friends, and others, you may want to carve out some personal time. Enjoy moments of solitude, no matter how briefly, and bask in the peace and quiet. Or you can use the time for some quiet introspection or pursue relaxing activities that you love.

2. Listen to some classical music. The holidays can be quite a busy and stressful time. And there is nothing like listening to some classical music to try and regain your equilibrium. It is a great way to boost your mood and energy and relieve stress. It may even help you get some quality sleep, which can leave you feeling more energized to tackle all the things you need to do during busy days.

3. Start taking small steps towards your goals. The post-holiday season signals a fresh start to a new year. Focus on achieving mini-goals that will set you off to a great start in accomplishing your big goals for the year. It is much easier to overcome post-holiday blues when you divert your attention to positive things.

4. Do things that you are passionate about. Pursuing the things you love can take your mind off any lingering feelings of sadness. Now that the busy holiday season is over, you can devote more time on your interests. Rekindle your passions, take up a new hobby, get back to doing outdoor activities that you enjoy, and more.

5. Declutter, downsize, and organize. Decluttering and organizing your home is a great way to start spring cleaning early. Start fresh after the holidays by eliminating clutter to free up some space. Organize all your stuff to keep your home looking spic and span every day. Clean surroundings can help you calm and clear your mind.

6. Focus on the good. Look for silver linings in every unpleasant situation you may be dealing with. Set goals that can motivate you to take action instead of allowing sad thoughts to take root in your mind. Use self-affirmations to uplift you when the blues threaten to overwhelm you.