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10 Ways to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues

6. Green Your Home with Plants

Living things can perk up your home, your office, and your frame of mind. Green plants not only look beautiful, but houseplants can even improve air quality.

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7. Play

Chances are that someone in your family received some games for Christmas, and maybe you played a few. Playing doesn’t have to end because Christmas is over. Gather the family for game night. Join the kids and make a jigsaw puzzle. Try your hand at a video game. You’re never too old to play, so get in there and have a good time!

8. Take Up a New Hobby

So you’ve always wanted to take up whittling…or building birdhouses…or painting…or crafting. Whatever it is you’ve always wanted to do, how about just taking the plunge and getting started. You may be more talented than you realized, or you may find out you don’t enjoy it after all. But you’ll never know until you try and if it’s not for you, there’s no obligation to continue. The fun is in trying.

9. Learn

What piques your interest? What do you long to learn? Enrolling in a class or workshop on your favorite topic can help beat the blues and add some excitement to your life. Knowledge is invigorating!

10. Make Healthy Lifestyle Changes

It’s hard to feel good on a bad diet. The choices you make for your body have a direct impact on how you feel physically and emotionally. If you’re feeling blue, perhaps you can turn things around by dumping those bad holiday eating habits and turning toward fruits and veggies and other healthy foods. A brisk walk, especially in a green environment, can work wonders for body and soul.

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Ann Pietrangelo is the author of No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis and Catch That Look: Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. She is a freelance writer and member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo

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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: http://bookboard.com/blog/2013/12/nursing-the-holiday-hangover/

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!!
my email is
Haz_vl@yahoo.com

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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