The holidays are full of mixed emotions for many of us and it’s fairly common to feel a bit depressed when they’re over. You’ve spent a lot of time and money preparing and then, just like that, it’s over. Here are some tips to help you beat the after-the-holidays-blues.
- Join a new health club or hire a personal trainer to help you work off those extra holiday pounds. Most of us make getting in shape a New Year’s resolution anyway, and there’s no time like the present.
- Use some vacation time and plan a trip in January or February. Go somewhere you’ve never been and relax! Changing your environment can boost your mood and make you happier.
- Review the holiday damage to your bank account and create a new savings plan if you need to. Work to regain financial control to boost your mental health and relieve stress.
- Basking in the winter sun can also boost your mood, especially if you have seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Get outside on the weekends or engage in light therapy.
- If you’re a member of a support group of any kind, get back to it. Sometimes, our schedules are crammed during the holidays and support groups can fall by the wayside.
- Listening to your favorite music can also help to boost your mood. If you really want a boost, plug in your iPod and take a 30-minute walk. You’re getting your daily dose of sunshine, music, and some exercise!
- Take time to be creative in the New Year. Whether it’s keeping a journal or taking art classes, being creative boosts your mood and can help alleviate stress.
You now have the tools you need to help you beat the after-the-holidays blues. If you find that these aren’t working well or you need additional support, contact a professional right away. And, remember; don’t start the New Year with old baggage.
Dr. Amanda Itzkoff is trained in Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology in New York, and can help you move beyond the frequent frustrations or limitations that may be caused by depression. If you are looking for more information on depression, please feel free to contact us via email. To schedule a consultation, please contact our office at 917-609-4990. .