I just read an article that said “Hitting January 2nd is like going from 60 to 0 in one second”. That sums up how I feel when the holiday season ends.
Don’t’ get me wrong – I was as delighted to put the dread 2016 behind me as others were. But the holidays provide a nice distraction from that which ails us. I love decorating, seeing friends and selecting gifts with care. Even for those who don’t love the holidays, there were back to back three day weekends. Even if you don’t love the holidays, who doesn’t love a four day work week? Between the special events, the food, and the fun there’s much to be said for the holidays.
But what happens when the fun is over? When everything goes back to normal? Some hit the New Year with a pocketful of resolutions and a lot of, well, resolve. Others are sort of, “Meh”. If you find yourself in the Meh camp, here are just a few suggestions that can help you gently ease into the rhythm of the New Year.
• Check in with yourself. How are you feeling? Was your holiday calendar so jam-packed that you barely had time to put your feet up? Were you dashing from party to party? Shopping in a frenzy? If you feel exhausted from the season you might benefit from some ‘me time’. Going for a hike, getting a massage, or scheduling some quiet time to read a book or watch a movie can all be great ways to recuperate. Sometimes we need a vacation from our vacation.
• Exercise. Every blog post on this topic suggests that exercise will help you combat feeling low after the holidays and yes, it does. If you don’t have the energy to implement a new exercise program that’s okay. Consider spending more time in the daylight. A leisurely walk at lunch is a great way to start. A brisk walk or two on your breaks helps, too. Exposure to daylight helps us get through the dark days of winter and also gets some light exercise into our daily routines.
• Eat Something Healthy and Delicious. Whether or not you overindulged during the holidays, eating something good for you that tastes great can be fun. One idea: Collard greens have just hit the beginning of their peak season. Blanch some, toast some nuts in oil and add liberal amounts of garlic and crushed red pepper. They’re delicious!
• Help Someone. People are inspired to give and donate during the holidays like no other time of year. What happens when all the holiday inspired good will passes? People in transition need assistance all year long and thinking about others could be just the thing to take your mind off your troubles. Acts of service are a boon to the spirit. Here at Verity we have a very strong culture of volunteerism and we’ve found that giving to others is also a gift to ourselves.
Do you have some suggestions on how to get past the holiday blues? We’d love to hear your ideas and what has worked for you.
My name is Alicia Diefenbach and I’m a Community Relations Specialist at Verity Credit Union. I absolutely love my role at Verity! I have the opportunity to explore the communities in which we’re located, reach out to organizations and individuals making these places dynamic, inviting places to live, and get involved with activities that support their well-being.
In my spare time I dote on my vegetable garden. It still never ceases to amaze me that I can create my dinner out of dirt, some seeds, and cooperative weather. I love my dog, Frank. Also, I go to rock shows. A whole lotta rock shows.