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Managing Holiday Stress and Post-Holiday Let-Down

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Still gearing up for the holidays or

dealing with the aftermath of them?

Either way, it can be stressful.

Here are some tried-and-true tips for

getting ready for the holidays and for

coping with Post-Holiday Let-Down.

Gearing Up

Just because there are 25 additional things

on your daily TO DO List doesn’t mean that

you aren’t still a human being who needs

a minimal amount of good food, sleep,

and stress-reducing activities to stay in a

relatively decent mood.  Because you are!

DO NOT forget the “basics!”

If you can’t fit eating healthy meals, 6-7

hours of sleep, and a not-insane amount of

exercise into your day, then let something else

fall off of your TO DO List.  Otherwise, you

may get everything done before Christmas, but

you’re going to have to joke that what you asked

Santa for at Christmas was dark under-eye circles.

And since you were on the “Nice List…”

Where’s My “ME Time?!”

In addition to not skimping on the basics,

it’s important to balance the amount of time

you spend with others and the amount of time

you spend in peaceful solitude.  If you’re a person

who needs a lot of “me time,” then figure out

before the holiday how you’re going to get it.

It won’t happen if you wait and you’ll be all

grumpy and out of sorts…and people love that.

Look for Meaningful Moments

As you prepare for the holidays, and then get

caught up in the whirlwind of events and

experiences, look for what I like to call

“meaningful moments.”  Talks with special

people, the meaning of the words you usually

say or read by rote, the wonder that it all happens

and everyone is there playing a part in it.

What can you take away from this holiday?

What will you want to remember the most?

Pay attention and look for those moments.

It Ain’t Over ‘Til the Last Gift is Opened

You might be very glad that the holidays are over.

Or you might be very sad to see them go.  Either

way, transitioning back to normalcy after the

frenzy and increased demands of the holidays

is something everyone has to do.  Here are just

a few ideas for you to kick around to manage

some post-holiday sadness or “let-down.”

“Failing to plan is planning to fail.”

A transition back to normal routines will go

much more easily if you have a plan.  To avoid

an abrupt crash back to the reality of cleaning

up, saying goodbyes, dealing with the bills and

the five-pound weight gain…have a plan!

Plan a fun activity that continues the positive

mood of the holidays with friends or family

for the day after Christmas.  Something that

involves some fresh air, time to wander aimlessly,

and no more financial burdens would be good.

Try a walk around the neighborhood, build a snowman

(if you’ve got the snow!), troll the beach for shells,

or get out to your nearest park and breathe!!!

Make A List and Check It Twice

Make a list of what worked this holiday and what

definitely did not.  Baked way too many cookies?

Attended too many holiday parties?  Didn’t make

time to see The Nutcracker?  What made your holiday

complete this year and what could you do without?

Keep this list in a place where you’ll see it at the very

beginning of holiday planning, so you’ll see it and

remember before you do it again next Christmas

that it’s a bad idea to drink 4 cups of eggnog.

Need A New Normal?

As you’re returning gradually to normal routines,

maybe it’s dawning on you that you actually would

be better off NOT going back to your normal way of

eating, sleeping, and exercising.  Maybe you don’t

even have anything whatsoever that resembles normal!

You’re in luck!

By next week, people will be asking you what your

New Year’s Resolutions are.  Consider the basics

of nutrition, sleep, and exercise and see if you

need to get to a New Normal with anything.

Carry the Spirit Forward

If one reason you feel sad that the holidays are

over is because you will be returning to life

without that warm, holiday feeling you love.

See if you can identify what it is for you that makes

the holidays something you love.  Is it being with

family and friends?  Is it taking time out of your

busy schedule to appreciate good music, family

traditions, religious rituals, making your home

environment warm and cheerful?  Whatever it is,

you can find ways to continue doing this all year.

Take the spirit of the holidays with you into the

new year, into the Spring and the Summer and the Fall.

If it brings you joy, peace, happiness, and satisfaction,

find ways to do those things every week in some shape

or form.  Even if that means you leave your Christmas

tree up all year…go for it.  You’ll have one less thing

on your TO DO List next holiday season!  🙂


I’m wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Happy

Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Peaceful Ramadan

or just a happy, healthy week in December!  🙂







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