Now that all the holiday hoopla has drawn to a close, we enter a new phase: the holiday hangover. If you’re feeling down and out come January 2, know that you’re not alone and you don’t have to linger in post-holiday blues. There are many fun ways to get your spirits up amid the brutal January slog. Battle the post-holiday blues and get a fresh perspective on the twelve months to come with these tips
Flex your comedy muscles
Laughter is the best medicine—scientists have shown it to be an effective mood booster that not only aids in the release of endorphins but also instantly provides a sense of well-being. This post-holiday season, why not pick up a hilarious memoir check out a comedy show, or just spend a day with the friend who always makes you smile? Lighten up and you’ll see your post-holiday blues lift, too.
Commit to facing your fears
Feeling uninspired, directionless, or just after the holidays? Nothing helps you reenergize more than venturing outside of your comfort zone. Channel Eleanor Roosevelt and make a commitment to do something at least once a day that scares you. Staring down and powering through even the tiniest bit of discomfort is the boost you need to forge ahead into the coming year with gusto.
What better way to put your post-holiday blues in perspective than working with those in need? Sign up for volunteer work, or if you’re too slammed to commit to regular hours, make a point to practice one small act of kindness every day. Smile at a stranger or take the time to listen and empathize.
Declutter your life
It’s out with the old and in with the new, just in time for the twelve months ahead. Start 2018 off right by being efficient, getting organized, and cleaning house to make way for the fresh, clean, and brand-new.
As Elle Woods once said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” Sure, working out isn’t the most appealing activity when you’re in a slump, but it’s an effective way to improve your mood, stat happy. So run out the door and breathe in that fresh air. Then keep running
Rein in your finances
While we all overspend during the holidays (seriously, who doesn’t?), the sooner you go about tackling your bills, the easier it will be to get back on track. Make a plan to pay off your credit card debt using budget worksheets and other tools available online. There’s no better gift in the post-holiday season than a hearty bank balance!