The holidays are nearly over and for many of us, and that means returning to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But for some, the post-holiday blues can set in. If you’re struggling to get back into the swing of things, here are a few tips to help you cope.

What are the post-holiday blues

The post-holiday blues is a term used to describe the feeling of depression or exhaustion many people experience after the holidays have ended. This condition can manifest itself in different forms, such as low moods, feelings of emptiness, social withdrawal, and an inability to concentrate on daily tasks. The cause of this phenomenon is thought to be related to a combination of factors such as the sudden transition from a holiday filled with activities back to the normal routine, increased financial pressures after the holidays and heightened social expectations due to returning back to work or school, emotional exhaustion, and so on.

Tips on how to deal with post holiday blues

To help prevent or get out of this slump, it’s important to take care of yourself mentally and physically. Several techniques can help increase well-being.

  1. Try to zoom out and asses what might be contributing to how you feel. Are you unhappy in your job? Hating the thought of being alone at home? Financially stressed? Or anticipating becoming overwhelmed by upcoming school activities. By zooming out and understanding what is happening for you, you can start to slowly work on solving these problems.
  2. Don’t underestimate the importance of making small healthy changes. Start by establishing simple routines that include eating healthy, exercising regularly and building in a consistent sleep schedule. Holiday season can throw these all out of kilter, and re-establishing these routines as are essential for getting back on track if you’re struggling emotionally.
  3. If you’re emotionally exhausted, go easy on yourself. Plan some self-care activities and prioritise time to slow down and re-set.
  4. Schedule something to look forward to on the calendar. Set up a time with friends, plan your next break, or block out time in your calendar for some ‘me time’. Filling up your planner with activities you enjoy can act as a buffer or an opportunity to increase joy.
  5. Lastly, some people find peace of mind in journaling or meditation. These can provide helpful tools to encourage wellbeing all year long.

How Long Do Post-Holiday blues Last?

This is different for everyone. But if your holiday blues are not getting better or increase in severity to the point that they interfere with your day-to-day functioning, consider reaching out to a professional.

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