The Post Yule Blahs
I don’t know about all of you, but I tend to cruise through much of the holidays on auto-pilot. It’s the busiest and most stressful time of the year for me at work. There is so much pressure to buy the perfect gift and exhibit over the top holiday cheer. I find it is easier to manage if I just ignore 90% of it and do the minimum required celebrating.
It wasn’t always like this. Christmas was always a magical holiday, one of my favorites. But I think we as a society put too much pressure on spending and lose focus on what is really important. Between dodging holiday displays as early as October, and fast-forwarding through holiday commercials riding the coat tails of back-to-school, I am burned out on fa-la-la by the time Thanksgiving arrives.
We slide from turkey and pumpkin pie directly into year-end at work. And by we, I mean me. 🙂 Being the sole employee at the office who handles all of that in addition to all of the other daily, weekly, monthly administrative tasks is enough to make me curl up in a fetal position with a chilled bottle of Riesling.
No wonder I am too tired during the month of December to bake cookies, or decorate, or sing carols around the piano!
Usually I begin to feel the holiday cheer bubbling up around January 3rd.
So how do we beat the post holiday blahs? Especially when the rest of the world has moved on and is eagerly anticipating retail Valentines and boxed chocolates?
I think it is important to indulge in whatever holiday tasks you are feeling like doing, even if it is over. Feel like filling the house with the aroma of baking cookies? Go for it. Want to have the family over for a turkey feast? Why not? Feel like singing Christmas carols at the office? Sing away! You can even start your holiday shopping for the next year – just think of the sales.
I also ended my year with a massage. I tend to carry my tension right between my shoulder blades. Poor Katey had her work cut out for her on the 31st! Pampering yourself and indulging your holiday whims post-holiday will go a long way towards healing the stress that you faced in December.
I also think it is important to jump into a new project early in January. Don’t loll around for the month feeling sorry for yourself because you are running a few weeks behind in the cheer department. Sign up for something new – a class, a volunteer opportunity, a 5k, whatever kicks your skirt up.
If you live in a chilly clime and are not prone to running marathons or skiing, try a new hobby, treat yourself to a stack of new books, take up an instrument. It is best to hit all those inevitable wrong notes when the windows are still shut tight against winter’s chill. 🙂
Make a date with a friend you haven’t seen for a while.
Plan a trip somewhere, even if it is just for the day.
Order a seed catalog and plan your spring garden.