The holidays are over, the days are shorter days with more grey skies and challenging weather, it is normal to have a few days of feeling blue around this time of year. If you are feeling low after the holidays, there are little things you can do to help combat the blues:
Get back on track
Maybe it’s a feeling of spending too much money or not enough sleep, or maybe it’s over indulging in food and alcohol, the holidays can leave us feeling burnt out. Post holidays is the perfect time to get back to our routines that make us feel good. Remember self-care techniques of focussing on the positives of the holiday season, eating healthy, being active, connecting with friends even reading a good book can go a long way in helping our mood.
Set realistic goals
Many people set New Year’s resolutions which can be good for trying new things, but it’s important to set goals that are attainable. When goals seem unachievable our motivation can go down and we tend to give up on them. This can leave us feeling discouraged and guilty. Set realistic goals and expectations and recognize that every step, no matter how big or small, towards that goal is an important one. Be kind to yourself and focus on positive thoughts.
Ask for help
Take time for friends and family, and talk about your feelings with someone you trust. It’s really important that we give ourselves a break. It’s also important to recognize that the winter blues differ from seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, and depression. Keep your eye out for behaviour that is different than usual or seems excessive, including: feeling more tired or lethargic than usual and preferring to stay in bed for more days than usual; decreased motivation; not wanting to talk to or see anyone; eating excessively or not feeling like eating. If you suspect you might be beyond what you would consider normal for you, it is not a bad idea to check in with your family doctor. Help is available.