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Getting Through the After-Holiday Blues

Hello! Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season with family, friends and loved ones, and that your New Year is looking merry and bright and full of promise!

There are lots of blogs out there talking about getting ready for the New Year, and New Year’s Resolutions, and changes you can make to make 2019 your most amazing year yet. Everyone has a challenge, everyone has a webinar, everyone is offering a coaching session, everyone … well, you get the idea. Chances are, your inbox is already full.

With that in mind, I wanted to take today to talk about something else. Something that we, as mothers, as women, rarely talk about.

The after-holiday blues.

See, after all of the rushing around you do over the holidays, January comes as a bit of a let-down. There are no parties to plan. No gifts to buy. Just decorations to take down, an after-holiday house to clean, and a conspicuously empty living room.

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Some people thrive in the quiet after the holidays. For others, however, the pause in activity after a frantic holiday season and the anticipation of a cold winter ahead can lead to a case of the after-holiday blues.

If you are someone who struggles in the quiet after the holidays, here are some tips to get you through:

– Continue spending time with friends and family doing things you enjoy. If all you have to anticipate is loneliness and a to-do list a mile long, January isn’t going to hold much promise. Stay connected to family and friends doing things you love all year long.

– Give yourself grace with your New Year’s resolutions. We all have our New Year’s resolutions spinning in our head right about now. If you already feel overwhelmed and behind, it’s time to re-evaluate whether those goals are truly the right choice for you.

– Get plenty of rest. This is true during the holidays, and it’s true after. Lack of sleep, an overly full to-do list and an endless mental checklist of obligations will make dealing with the after-holiday crash even harder.

– Be honest with yourself and others about how you’re feeling. You are NOT required to smile, grit your teeth and get through it. Reach out to friends, talk to a therapist, and give yourself permission to feel the way that you do. Acknowledging that there’s a bridge to cross is the first step to getting to the other side!

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