Top Five Tips to Avoid the Post-Holiday Blues
By Melissa McFarlane
After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, many people experience the post-holiday blues. Here are some easy and powerful tips from International Certified Success Coaches, Amy Ahlers and Melissa McFarlane, to beat post-holiday depression:
- Look to nature and hibernate: Mother Nature is the master of all things, isn't she? She lets us know when to Spring into action, bask into the glow of Summer, gear for change for Fall and finally, hibernate for Winter. After the holiday bustle and stress, why not use the months of January and February to hibernate and practice RADICAL self care? Get massages, take hot baths, spend more time with your family and friends. Allow yourself the time and space to cocoon so that come spring, you are a full-blown butterfly ready to emerge.
- Set your sights on the year ahead: January is a time for new years’ resolutions and goal setting-a way for you to look at what you want to CREATE for the year ahead. And when you're in the mode of creation, it's hard to find the space to be depressed. At Electric Kites Success Coaching, we always begin with the vision of where we want to be. Look at the following questions:
- What's the story I want to be telling about 2008?
- What's the vision for the year?
- What is my #1 focus/goal for the year?
- What MUST occur in order for this year to be considered a "success"?
- What MUST STOP in order for this year to be considered a "success"?
As you lean into what you want to create this year, you'll find your inspiration, energy and passion rise, as the post-holiday blues easy fade into the background
- New Years’ Resolution Burn Out: One of the things that often leads to the post- holiday blues is New Years’ Resolution failure. Many times, we make a resolution for the New Year that is WAY TOO BIG and fail in week two. And then we spend a month (or several years!) beating ourselves up. Instead, set yourself up for success by making a resolution for the first month of the year that feels like a delicious baby step-then build on your success.
- The Big Project Withdrawl Syndrome: Let's face it, the holidays are a huge project! It's a time filled with shopping, card writing, receiving, giving, scheduling and cooking. It can suck up your time, energy, and patience all at once. Perhaps what your blues are telling you is that you are, quite frankly, bored and need a new project. Maybe now is the right time to take on a charity event, a new project at work, a class you've always wanted to take. Anything that feels big and juicy will do the trick!
- Gratitude and Appreciation: Gratitude and appreciation are the simplest (and often most overlooked) keys to fighting any kind of blues (holidays or otherwise). Take time to practice gratitude and appreciation on a daily basis. Perhaps you can set up a gratitude ritual around the dinner table, at morning mediation or at night prayers. As you appreciate and express gratitude your blues will become a thing of the past.
Content herein previously developed by Amy Ahlers and Melissa McFarlane.
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