Four tips to help alleviate seasonal depression this winter!
Now that most of the Christmas decorations are put away and we’ve recovered from our food comas, it can be a hard time of year for many as the nine-month wait for the holiday season begins again. Do you find yourself feeling down after the holiday cheer and Christmas spirit have subsided? Well, you’re in the right place. We’ve gathered some helpful tips to help you recover from post-holiday blues and tackle the rest of the winter.
Be Social and Have Fun
While you may be exhausted from family time over the holidays, they may be exactly what you need to bust out of the post-holiday blues. We are typically busier over the holidays, bouncing from office parties to family gatherings, so now many people feel a void and don’t know how to fill their free time. Spending this time alone without laughter, storytelling, or conversation could be detrimental to your wellbeing, as it could sink you lower into the post-holiday funk and make you feel isolated. Surrounding yourself with loved ones and building meaningful connections with them is a great way to enjoy yourself and those around you. Don’t wait for an invitation.
Talk It Out
Seasonal depression and the feeling of emptiness, loneliness, or hopelessness come for many at the end of the holiday season, and it is paramount to understand the resources that are available. Discussing your thoughts and issues with friends and family opens a door to support, which is crucial during a time of the blues. While opening up to someone, it is important that you trust them and are comfortable around them. However, sometimes it is easier to speak with a stranger, as some are uncomfortable with sharing their emotions with and feeling vulnerable around their loved ones. Therapy is a great way to reflect on your feelings, as it allows you to view your problems in a different way with a professional who respects you.
Enjoy a Winter Activity
Oftentimes, when we are in a funk, we tend to let it get the best of us; staying in bed or not leaving the house, indulging in food or alcohol to make us feel physically full when we’re emotionally drained, or sleeping excessively to escape reality. Getting out and about is a great first step into beating the post-holiday blues. Bring a friend (or go solo) to an activity that gets your brain or body moving. Ice skating is a great choice, as it keeps you active while the breeze keeps you mentally alert. Not a fan of skating? Make the most of the snow by sledding or skiing, because the spring will come quick and you may lose out on your chance soon.. If it doesn’t snow in your area, even going on a walk may re-stimulate or relax your brain, especially on a clear winter evening.
Take Time for You
On the flip side, sometimes what we need is to take a break from our busy lifestyles and learn to relax. A common coping mechanism is to distract yourself from your emotions by working more, exercising more, or filing your day up so you don’t have time to feel. When is the last time you did something for yourself? If you can’t remember the last time you were relaxed, now may be a good time to make some time for yourself. Self-love is equally important in the process of beating the holiday blues, and that can be achieved by surrounding yourself with loved ones and taking time for yourselves. That can be in the form of cozying up next to the fireplace with your favorite movies and meals. A spa night with nail polish, face masks, or a calming bath is another way to relax your body and mind while staying out of the cold.
For some, post-holiday blues may be inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you have to go through it alone. It may be comforting to find support in others, and it is important to know there is always help out there. For those in a dark place and who don’t feel supported by their loved ones, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255. Comment below if you would like to share your tips on how to overcome post-holiday blues and tackle the rest of the winter.
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