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Post Holiday BluesPost holiday blues, I experience this feeling every year. The months of November and December can be overwhelming. There is always a special holiday occasion booked on the weekends, the children have busy school weeks and fun events to attend. We get caught up in the hustle and bustle of moving fast, then comes January rolling in – what feels like the longest month of the year. If your schedule looks anything like mine, January is quiet. We spend this time cleaning up and getting back into the swing of slow paced weeks.

 

What happened to all the cheery holiday fun? You get used to doing so much, that you feel flat and empty once the holiday season has passed.

 

Have you ever felt this way?

 

This feeling is mostly just a feeling of adjustment until you get acquainted with your normal routine or schedule. It won’t last long and luckily there are some things you can do to help you move into your normal routine.

 

Here are some ways to help cope with the post holiday blues:

 

Focus on yourself again. I know, easier said than done. Since the holiday season is full of family, friends, events and lots of shopping, think of how nice it will be to focus on you and the things you haven’t been able to do for yourself. Perhaps you have struggled to work out simply because there hasn’t been any time, you can now return back to doing the things you love. You’ve enjoyed the holidays, see this as a time to rest and relax.

 

Set goals. I am not the type of person to focus on an entire list of resolutions that are unrealistic. If anything, this tends to stress a person out even more. Focus on one goal that you wish to accomplish during the new year. Remember that you don’t need to beat yourself up if you don’t accomplish the goal by a certain timeframe. Realistically reassess the goal and if necessary, discard it and start over.

 

Don’t hide out. Just because the holiday season is over, it doesn’t mean you need to stay away from friends and family. Enjoy the new year spending time with the people you love. Continue getting together, plan fun activities, go out to dinner and simply enjoy the company of others.

 

Look forward to the year ahead. Keep a positive outlook on the new year. Make plans for upcoming travel or events now. This always helps me stay positive and look forward to things when it may seem like not much is happening at the moment. If you’re a visual person like I am, make a list and check it off as you go.

 

Have you ever experienced the post holiday blues? Share your advice below.

 

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*Disclosure: The advice in this post is for educational purposes only and not meant to diagnose or treat any illness. You should seek the advice of a licensed mental health professional if you have any concerns.*

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About the blogger:
Angela Caban is an Army National Guard spouse, freelance writer, published author and branding expert. Her husband was one of the many soldiers impacted by the unprecedented activation of the National Guard in 2008. In 2010, she founded the Homefront United Network, a military spouse and family support blog created to assist spouses who do not live near an installation, but also focusing on bridging the gap between National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty spouses. She is also co-founder of SpouseTalks. As a branding and digital influencer, she has created content for A&E, Lifetime Network and PBS. She has an extensive background in Human Resources and Communications, with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Human Resources. Angela resides in the beautiful Garden State of New Jersey with her husband and two children.

 

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