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10 Ways to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues

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10 Ways to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues

When that last drop of New Year’s Eve champagne is gone and the Christmas ornaments are packed away, many people enter a state of post-holiday blues. The anticipation and planning that begins with Halloween ends when you open your eyes on the second day of January. It’s winter; the parties are over and it’s back to the daily grind. But you can beat the post-holiday blues.

10 Ways to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues


1. Rescue an Animal

Visit your local animal shelter. Give some time and attention to an animal without a home. If you are able, adopt a pet and add some new life to your home. If you can’t adopt one, ask if you can donate your time to the shelter. You’ll be helping animals, but they’ll enrich your life as well.

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2. Declutter

Look around your home — I mean really look around. Are the walls closing in on you? Could you use some breathing room? A cluttered home can make you feel overwhelmed and unable to move forward in your thinking and your activities. It’s harder to clean, too, adding to the chores you have to do, or the chores that never get done. It’s a vicious cycle that can be broken. Pick out a few items each day and ask yourself — do I need this…does it serve a purpose…would I really miss it if it were gone…can it be useful to someone else? Most people feel better and perform better in an uncluttered environment.

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3. Volunteer

There’s a lot of hype about volunteering during the holidays, but those needs don’t go away in January. People are still hungry, ill, homeless, and in need of assistance. If you’ve got time on your hands, and it’s making you blue, helping someone else can lift you out of the doldrums.

4. Give

If you’re busy with earning a living and caring for family, volunteering time isn’t always practical. Perhaps you can afford a monetary gift to your favorite worthy charity. Choosing a local charity makes it more personal. If you can’t afford to give money, how about donating items from your home that you no longer use or want? You get decluttered and someone else gets something they need. That’s a win/win.

5. Perform an Act of Kindness

Smile at a stranger. Open a door for someone else. Thank someone for the work they do. Let another driver into the line of traffic. Give someone a ride. Run an errand for someone who is sick. Small kindnesses take little time or effort but can make a big difference in someone else’s day. Perhaps you’ll even inspire others to pay it forward.

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10:11AM PST on Dec 27, 2013

I really liked the tip on decluttering! I find it overwhelming seeing all the post holiday STUFF everywhere. It also helps you purge, donate, and destress. As for the holiday blues, I think of it as a holiday hangover! For parents in particular, here are a few thoughts (and a specific tip) for how to survive the coming days:

4:47AM PST on Dec 27, 2013

A couple new ones to try if needed this season. Winter can cause a depressed mood for me sometimes, never mind end of holiday season.

5:28PM PST on Dec 26, 2013

I've found a great way to beat them holiday blues is to not go on holiday in the first place!! Honestly I'm 43 and I've never left my mums backyard she's really and cooks a mean apple crumble

12:58AM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

This year has been very hard. I have my 9 year old son Ethann My 7 year old daughter Jazmine My 7 year old granddaughter Tifany and my granddaughter Nataly who is 2. I was hoping there was someone out there who could offer a few gifts this year for their Christmas. Any thing would be gratefully appreciated and cherished. I am 44 on disability and times just has gotten a lot harder than I could ever imagine.
Thanks so much just for reading this. I know there are so many families out here this year that are struggling to make ends meet. It is heartbreaking when you have to choose between electricity and toys for the kids. Not even going to try and think of what our Christmas meal will consist of.
May God continue to shine His light on each and every one of us!!
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8:01AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

I enjoy volunteering and giving year round...but especially in January when things start to slow down. I also try to do something different, whether take up a new hobby or visit a local place I have not been to.

8:49PM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Nice article!

Thanks for sharing!

I am already doing a couple of these and I will certainly do more in the future!

2:59AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Let's get help by giving

7:04AM PST on Jan 12, 2013

Going to work every day is enough!

10:39AM PST on Jan 6, 2013

I'm too busy feeling down to try any of these tips. It's been grey rainy days lately and too cold. I need to see and feel the sun to get better.

9:28AM PST on Jan 5, 2013

Great Tips!

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Great ideas! I have a spool on my front porch. I use it for my house plants in the summer.

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How lovely! Thanks for the post.

SUPER ideas --we all need more GREEN!!! THANKS


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