How To Overcome Those Holiday Blues

Computer with imagery of being on holiday Source: Pixabay The first day after the holidays is one of the grimmest in the working year. You've swapped the beaches, blue skies and hours of fun Online Gambling for a view of a commuter's armpit and the sound of someone droning, droning, droning into a mobile phone.

Reasons to be depressed

Here are some of the worst things about post-holiday blues:

  1. An email inbox that seems to be eternal. There are so many unread messages waiting for you that you know it’s going to take you a whole week just to get through them all, but by then you’ll have another week’s worth of mail to deal with.
  2. Post-travel trauma. It always seems like a good idea to stretch the holiday out for as long as possible… but that often means coming back to work with jetlag and a vacant look on your face!
  3. Rebooting your life. Only a couple of weeks before, work was ticking over well, but now you’ve forgotten all your passwords.
  4. Holiday envy. It’s enough to drive you up the wall! While you were away on a humble driving trip, your co-worker somehow managed to wrangle a holiday in Bora-Bora, and it’s all over her Instagram.
  5. Nothing has changed. The world is exactly the same as you left it, and that glimpse of freedom that you had on your travels was just a dream of happiness.
  6. Putting socks back on. You’ve just spent a fortnight with your toes in the sand, and now you are back in the office. The suit feels so heavy, shoes tight, and it’s time to put on socks again.
  7. For some reason, even crowded trains in India are more fun than the morning commute.
  8. Morning alarm clock, when you haven’t got enough shuteye. ‘Nuff said.

How to beat the depression

Sad dog in a holiday hat, laying on the floor Source: Pixabay Dr. Keck said there are sound psychological and biological reasons why people feel down as the year draws to a close. Everything from increased demands on our time and budgets to decreased sunlight can leave us feeling depleted. It’s great for the soul to spend a fortnight on a tropical island, but one doesn’t have to give up the pleasures of home life and get depressed. Here’s a list of things you can do to beat those holiday blues.

  1. Get plenty of sleep. Speaking of good sleep – it’s the best remedy for depression, stress and restlessness! Try to get 7-8 hours every night, it will make a huge difference to your quality of life.
  2. Learn to say “no”. People can be very pushy, both at work and at home. Learn how to draw boundaries, everyone will be better off for it. Of course, don’t be rude, just firm and polite.
  3. Be open to new traditions. There are more ways than one to celebrate holidays. Holidays can be very fun and joyful, without the usual old-and-tried drudge, and the diversity will cheer you up.
  4. Get support when mourning a loved one. It’s hard to feel joyful if you lost a relative or a friend during the year. Get some support from friends and family during this time, or therapy if you need it.
  5. Spend time with your loved ones. And speaking of your friends and family – be sure to spend time with them during the holidays! It will make the season more joyful and will bring back the happy feelings for you.
  6. Exercise regularly. Don’t forget to exercise! It’s the best way to raise your serotonin – a hormone, responsible for mood regulation in your body. If you are feeling depressed, you might be low in serotonin.
  7. Do something fun to get over a recent breakup. If you recently broke up with a partner, holidays can be very hard to face. Make a plan and an effort about how you can make this season better.
  8. Avoid overeating. There are many delicious foods to be eaten at the celebratory table, but they are not very good for you, if you eat too much. Everything in moderation!

We hope that, whether or not you go on a special holiday this year, this list will help you to deal with the post-season or post-holiday blues! Whatever you end up doing, we would like to wish you a very happy holiday season and a happy New Year!

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