Lots of people love Christmas and holiday season. It’s hard not to enjoy it: the parties, beautiful lights, carols, food, time spent with loved ones, and, above all, the feelings of goodwill and excitement that even the most crabby people seem to embrace one season of the year. And, the presents are pretty great too.
Many people who normally don’t feel joyful, happy, and loved can find meaning and happiness around the holidays. However, once December 25th turns into December 26th, it happens. Most people head back to work. Grumpy people return to their usual non-jolly selves, and the Christmas music leaves the radio. Boom. It’s all over. The result: Post Christmas depression.
Post Holiday Blues
It’s not just after Christmas that many of us get down. Whenever we have a lot of fun and excitement, it’s hard to get back to our usual lives, especially if those lives aren’t exactly meaningful or thrilling. This typically happens after any sort of meaningful moment or escape, like a vacation.
But, the post-Christmas blues are unique because with Thanksgiving and Christmas and everything in between there is a lot of celebration, excitement, and even stress. Once all that ends, we’re left with a social and emotional void that needs filled. And, the reality of holiday spending and weight gain might have kicked in to add to the anxiety. It can lead to depression and a general sad feeling.
However, it doesn’t have to get the best of you. You can beat post Christmas depression. The cure isn’t even that difficult.
Note: If you’re suffering from serious depression, anxiety, or other possible serious mental health disorders, seek professional help. This page is designed for those suffering from mild post-holiday blues.
Twelve Days of Christmas
Remember the song, the “12 Days of Christmas?” It’s not just a silly song about Christmas being extended from one day to twelve. Technically, there are actually twelve days of Christmas, according to the Catholic Church (which gave us Christmas). And, there’s even an entire Christmas season in the Catholic that lasts until mid-January. So, throughout history and in many Catholic countries today, Christmas festivities go long past Christmas Day.
Even if you’re not religious, go ahead and celebrate Christmas beyond December 25th. If it helps you beat the blues, keep playing the music, leave up the tree, continue eating those gingerbread cookies, etc. Do this as long as you feel the need, gradually tapering off as you start to feel better.
By slowly ending the Christmas spirit, it takes away the stress of an abrupt end to Christmas. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a little extra holiday cheer for a few more days or a couple of weeks.
Keep The Christmas Spirit Alive
Most of us love Christmas since it’s a rare time when everyone comes together to promote peace, goodwill, and joy. In addition, people put up lights, act festive, and generally have fun. Then, it suddenly stops.
However, you can certainly keep the spirit of goodwill alive all year. In fact, for your own mental health and the betterment of the world, I highly recommend it. Not only that, but there’s no reason why can’t get into a generally fun mentality related to other holidays or seasons of the year.
Embrace winter with scented candles. Plan fun events all year round. Put up cool decorations for other holidays and seasons. Treat yourself to gifts and other things. If you find yourself with the post Christmas blues in a major way, then plan something really fun for New Year’s Even. That will give you something fun to look forward to in less than a week!
Resolve to be joyful, fun, and happy everyday of the year. Start on December 26th or whatever day you’re reading this. That should help a lot with the post holiday depression.
Set Your Resolutions Early
Directionless people typically have the most cases of mild depression. It can be hard dealing with the struggles of everyday life knowing that the future only holds more struggles and a lack of joy. Getting a sense of purpose can give you hope, which in turn eases feelings of depression
Set goals and stick to them. Having goals and working towards them keep you focused on a better future rather than the present. This is important, especially if you are depressed and lack direction.
Sit down and set out a few New Year’s goals right now. You can start them on January 1st if you want, but right now you can write them and start believing in them. Make them realistic, but also make them big. Don’t just list goals, but strategies to achieve them. This should help you feel better.
In fact, why wait? Get started immediately. Taking charge of your life is extremely important to be happy all the time, not just during Christmas season. And, make sure you stick to the goals, otherwise you’ll be having this same issue next year when December 26th rolls around.
Make Everyday As Fun As Christmas
One reason why I don’t get post Christmas depression anymore is because, for me, everyday is like Christmas. Why? Because I try to live each day to its fullest. I am positive, reach out to others, find ways to be social, and am working towards big goals. In addition, I write, appear in the media, and help, through this blog and in person, nearly a million people a year. That’s something to be happy about!
So, while December 25th is special, it’s not so different from the other days in the calendar that it leads to depression. The way to make everyday as fun as Christmas is to take control of your life, have big goals (and work to achieve them), and develop a positive outlook. Living life the way you want allows you not be so dependent on one day or season for your own happiness. This is a long term post holiday blues cure that will leave you happier than ever.
Don’t let post-Christmas depression get the best of you. Live life to the fullest December 25th, 26th, and every day of the year.
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