8 tips on how to cope with post-Christmas blues
If you look closely through people’s windows, you are likely, even still, to spot the odd twinkling of fairy lights or the occasional piece of tinsel. Many of us are holding onto Christmas now more than ever, due to the turbulent events of 2020 and ongoing restrictions.
Are you still feeling the effects of post-Christmas blues? After all, December 25th, 2020 was likely the only day recently that you could gather with loved ones and feel a sense of normality.
If you are struggling, there are several ways to lift your spirits, approach the upcoming spring with a positive mind-set, and beat those lingering post-Christmas blues.
Make a plan of action and set some goals
A great way to approach the rest of the year with a positive mindset is to make a plan of action. Write down what you want to achieve and how you’re going to do it. This focus will give you something to get up for and occupy your mind. As you stick to your plan or tick of your goals, you’ll feel a real sense of accomplishment.
Fill your diary
Just because the festivities have come to an end, it doesn’t mean that all the fun needs to stop!
Having things to look forward to is a great way to keep your spirits up. And, although face-to-face mixing is off limits now, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the company of your loved ones virtually. Whether it’s arranging a virtual catch up with your bestie, a family quiz or even a virtual cooking class, there are lots of ways to boost your mood during lockdown and ways to encourage healthy habits.
Improve your diet
We’ve all heard the phrase “you are what you eat”. But it really is true. Improving your diet is not only a great way to boost your physical health, but it will also make you feel great mentally too. So, if you’re going to do anything this year, make sure you improve your diet and tuck into lots of tasty, mood-boosting foods.
Try something new
Whether you’re looking to overcome your fears, step outside of your comfort zone or simply focus your mind on anything other than the challenges that we’re all facing at the moment, trying something new is a great way to keep your spirits high. From committing to a new hobby, adding a new skill to your CV, or kick-starting a new career, trying your hand at something new will help to give you focus, and put you in a positive mood.
When it comes to boosting your mood, there’s nothing better than exercise. Releasing all of those happy endorphins, exercise has been proven to improve your health, mind and wellbeing.
Experts state that you should be participating in at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. So, whether you take a brisk walk, take yourself off for a run, or get on your bike, there are lots of ways to get fit during lockdown. There are also plenty of home workouts online that are also sure to get your heart rate up.
We all have days where we don’t feel ourselves, and more so than ever at the moment. But when you feel down, try to alter your thoughts by thinking about all the things you have to be thankful for and all of the positive things you have in your life. If you’re not feeling 100%, make sure you reach out to a loved one to talk about how you’re feeling.
Get your finances in order
The major cause of stress after Christmas is often financial worries. From dealing with unexpected credit card bills through to worrying about getting by until payday after overspending during the festive season, it’s not uncommon to become overwhelmed by our finances, post-Christmas.
So, getting your finances in order in the new year will take away some of the stress and help you budget for the coming months.
Do what you love
Finally, a fantastic way to overcome the post-Christmas blues is to immerse yourself in all of the activities that you love to do and surround yourself with the things that make you laugh the most.