5 Ways to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues (READ THIS BEFORE IT HITS!)

Monday, December 23, 2013

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It’s a familiar scenario: Christmas Day comes to an end and all of your guests leave. The dishes are in the dish washer, the new presents need to be put away, and the wrapping paper must be picked up. None of that bothers you, but what DOES is that empty stomach feeling that you’re left with…which I like to refer to as the post-holiday blues.

It’s only natural after spending weeks (sometimes even months) shopping, decorating, planning, cleaning, organizing, wrapping, partying, and preparing for what ends up being 12 or so hours of chaos and joy all in one day!

I HATE the post-holiday blues, they really bum me out and over the years I’ve finally found ways to not get affected by them anymore! So here are 5 things that I do that help me beat the blues.

1.Make a list of projects for the next few weeks/months.
I make lists of things that need purged (closets and drawers), organized (papers and drawers), and cleaned (every crevice of the house!). Doing this gives me a productive mind set plus I’m left with plenty of things to do during the snowy cold days of winter. Plus, the whole “checking off the list” concept is like a little mini challenge with myself.

2.Undecorate within a week.
I know, you spent all that time putting everything up, but if you made the most of it before Christmas then it’s okay to take it down now. I usually leave my lights up but I take my tree and everything else down so that I can prepare to move forward in the new year. I also take the time to scratch a few things off my to do like cleaning in the areas where decorations had been.

3.Winterize your home.
This is also a great time to prep your house for winter weather. I always make sure I have salt, get my rainboots out and put them in the entry way closet, and make sure my gloves and hats are out of storage and ready to wear!

4.Winterize your car.
Take this time to vacuum and clean out your car as well as fill your windshield wiper fluid up, and make sure you have an ice scraper and snow brush available and somewhere handy for the Winter. This is also a good time to make sure you have an emergency kit in your vehicle. Mine includes a flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, matches, and lighter, a map, and extra gloves.

5.Pamper yourself.
Rather than jumping right back into the swing of your busy life and hectic work schedule, try taking some time to pamper yourself with a massage, a DIY manicure and pedicure, a face mask, or even practicing yoga.

What do YOU do to beat the holiday blues? And most importantly…does it work?

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  1. Lovely post!! Definitely needed.
    I agree that taking down the decorations really does help.


  2. Awesome tips! such an interesting post!


  3. These tips are great. I surely can't handle it , I just let mom do it for me :)

  4. I never take down the decorations right away. I love looking at the beautiful tree and since it's only been up for about 10 days anyway, taking it down a week after christmas is far too soon.
    Chic on the Cheap

    1. Ah see, mine go up on Black Friday so I've had plenty of time with them lol


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