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How to "get things moving" again after the holidays

How to “get things moving” again after the holidays

So the glittery holidays are over, everyone has left, work is back on… in a nutshell, we’re back to the daily grind and routine of everyday life. Some of us find that we’re feeling exhausted, aimless and a little sad, when we “should” be feeling refreshed and energized from the break and all the festivities. These post-holidays blues are quite common, yet we don’t really talk about them as we’re usually trying to kick things into high gear to “get the year started”. So here’s some advice about how to move past these blues and get back to a steady rhythm.

Let’s start by acknowledging how this period feels. Post holidays blues bring symptoms which are close to depression symptoms: anxiety, fatigue, irritability, mood swings, headaches, sleeping too much or too little, changes in appetite, weight loss or gain, inability to concentrate, increased desire to be alone, and a loss of interest in things we usually enjoy.

In fact, some researchers believe the main contributors to post-holiday fatigue can be summed up as the “Five F’s” — finances, family, festivities, fatigue and food. So, after this hectic period of ups and downs, we may find ourselves down in the dumps rather than energized, and more stuck in a rut than stepping into high gear.

As with any other dip in mood and wellness, we’ve got to put in a little effort and some good old TLC into our daily routine in order to build our strength back up to normal. So below are a few tips that may help with these post-holiday blues:

– Plan something to look forward to:

Part of what’s to blame for the post-holiday slump is that we spend weeks gearing up for the holiday season and in a week’s time, it’s all over. Without anything exciting on the horizon, getting back to the daily grind, especially in the darker days of winter, is simply not easy. So a good idea would be to plan something that excites you and organize it. Maybe that means a road-trip or a dinner party, or a solo trip to a museum, we don’t know, you do you.

2- Organize yourself:

Nothing can make you feel more overwhelmed than coming back to the mess you ignored during the holidays. Whether that’s work, exercise or diet, or simply household chores you’ve been putting off, make it a point to organize things in a way that lets you know where you’re at and what you have to do. It’ll make the tasks ahead seem less intimidating and will help motivate you to get things started.

3- Meditate: 

We say this a lot, and it is part of almost every advice post we write, and that’s because we believe it’s a massive tool in the self-care belt. Taking a timeout to simply listen to your breath go in and out can re-energize you, and most importantly, center you. It’s ten minutes a day for a whole new attitude in life, which we think is just awesome.

Hopefully we’ll all take some time to re-calibrate and start off this year with energy and enthusiasm. Any other tips you have, you are encouraged to share in the comments below!

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