After the wonderful Christmas and new year’s Eve Holidays go by, some of our fellow human beings feel “low” in mood and find it difficult to function normally in their daily lives.
Below are some ways to overcome the grief that follows the winter festive holidays.
• Expect the “fall”. Christmas holidays can be both joyful and stressful. The festive atmosphere with gifts and visits, activities, purchases can ‘elevate’ us while after having returned to our normal pace after holidays can cause an experience of ‘ low ‘ mood. Wait the low mood as something “normal” that follows the intense joy of a holiday.
• Select to see the benefits for the period after the holidays. The good side is that you had a chance to relax, rejuvenate, sleep more and do new things.
• Maybe the break gave you the ability to give new perspective to your life. In this case consider the possibility to make changes, just because not doing so can lengthen the misery after holidays.
• Become polite with yourself about the decisions for the new year. If you have set the bar high, do not become hard with yourself. Instead, estimate your plans on how realistic they are and focus on what is achievable. Discard impossible shots. For example, if you set a goal to lose much weight fast is probably something unrealistic in relation to targeting to lose one kilo a week.
• Continue to spend time with people. Sometimes the ‘ lows ‘ after the celebrations when we are surrounded by people familiar and after respite, we return back to work with more “foreign” people around us. So keep yourself “connected” with friends and family.
• Do things that give you the joy of anticipation. Relive the ‘ excitement ‘ of feasts with you arranging activities such as dinner with friends, starting a new hobby, watching sporting event, viewing movies, etc.
• Make healthy choices. After “irregularities” and deviations that usually characterize the festive period, return to healthier habits by eating healthy food, drinking healthy drinks, and ensuring adequate physical exercise. Hot soups and salads to help you feel better in winter and not confer additional calories.
• Get away from your “low” mood by eating foods that boost your serotonin levels, such as foods rich in tryptophan (bananas, poultry, green peas, dairy).
• Make up your mind to receive professional help and get rid of things that bother you. The holiday season tends to lessen the preoccupation with pressing things at work and in personal life as the focus tranfers to preparations, meetings, festivities. After the decrease of your preoccupation with normality abates and your considering general issues about your life goes back to the usual levels, then maybe it’s high time you sought professional help from experts in various fields such as economics, home decoration and personal life issues.
• Create the conditions to enjoy the new year that begins. Try to maintain the positive spirit and to draw interesting facts/events that will keep you creatively occupied during the new year. You will find that by keeping yourself busy with designing beautiful things will result in you having no time to experience moody emotions after Christmas holidays.