Christmas has passed. The presents are all open. The house is kinda cluttered. The kitchen could use a nice, deep cleaning after all those cooking sessions. We had been gearing up for Christmas for a few months: planning which gifts to buy, planning which meals to make, planning festive decorations for the house, etc. It is so easy to let all the anticipation for Christmas turn into a feeling of sadness once the holiday is over, and once life goes back to normal.
You may have gained some weight over the holidays. You may be heading back to work now. The weather may be gloomy and overcast. All of a sudden, there doesn’t seem to be any festive events to attend. However, fear not! The end of December does not need to be marked by blues anymore. Here are 5 easy ways to boost your mood after Christmas!
5 Easy Ways to Overcome Post-Christmas Blues
1. Plan Something Fun
You may be feeling like now that Christmas is over, there are no fun events in the immediate future. Change that feeling! Find a little trip to book, a fun vacation to take, or even just a family getaway for the day. You will have something to look forward to and get excited again about for the upcoming fun!
2. Laugh Often
Did you know that laughing releases endorphins, which are hormones that boost a well-being feeling. Find a funny movie or sitcom and sit down with your family / friends. Grab a nutritious and tasty snack and enjoy laughing. You can also try stand-up comedy if that is your thing!
3. Get Active
Are those extra pounds bringing you down? Find a plan to shed that extra weight. Make an exercise routine that works for you and your schedule, and stick to it! Not only will exercising boost those feel-good endorphins, it will also give you that mental edge to know you’re doing something great for your body!
4. Give To Others
It’s so important to give back to the community whenever possible. Whether you volunteer at a local organization or donate to charities, make sure you take this time to be grateful for what you have and also help others in need. You will feel happier once you know you are directly helping others who need assistance during this time of year.
5. Organize Your Financial Picture
Many people worry about their finances once the holidays are over. You may have spent a lot of money on Christmas gifts or you may have realized you went over-budget a few times throughout the year. Now is a wonderful time to assess your financial goals and make a plan for the future. For more financial advice, see my list of Brilliant Financial Resolutions.