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Keep January Joyful

December 23, 2022

The holidays swept us all off our feet. But it’s easy to let all the hustle and bustle of the holidays overwhelm us, and by the time the season comes to an end, we’re at a loss for how to get over the sudden after-holiday blues.

What are the holiday blues? 

Those post-holiday grumpies can set in at any time, even when the festivities are still going on. It can be all too easy to get overwhelmed, and the holiday blues can lead to symptoms such as anxiety or depression, difficulty concentrating, changes in sleeping or eating habits, and much more. What’s important is that you recognize when your mood is beginning to shift, so you can find ways to combat it. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of ways for you to hack your way out of any holiday haze.

Hack #1: Limit your alcohol consumption

Imbibing during the holiday season is fun for everybody, but the effects of liquor can exacerbate the symptoms of depression and anxiety you may be feeling as the holiday season comes to an end. Make sure you limit yourself, and drink responsibly.

Hack #2: Exercise

With the weather changing, the last thing you probably want to do is go outside in the snow and slush and work out. Luckily, there are plenty of indoor exercises that will get your feet moving, keep your heart rate up, and support positive thoughts. Chair yoga is just one example of the array of simple exercises you can do indoors—and even while comfortably sitting down. Or, check out one of the Hancock Wellness Centers, which provide a variety of classes including cardio kickboxing, zumba, and cycling.

Hack #3: Plan your next project or adventure

It’s always fun to have something great to look forward to, so why wait? Jump into one of those New Year’s resolutions or start a new craft project with the kids to give you something fun to do. Just because the kiddos will be heading back to school soon doesn’t mean you can’t still spend a bit of extra time with them as the holidays end.  

It’s important to give yourself a little extra grace as the holiday season comes to a close and remember you don’t have to do things alone. If your symptoms are persistent for more than just a few weeks, talk to a trusted loved one or seek additional help. 

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