Surviving the Holidays

The holidays have their own colors, music, merriment, personal and family traditions. January only has restraints: diets, unfavorable weather, new habits, failed resolutions, and the holiday bills. The celebrations are over and we return to our day-to-day routines, often anti-climatic, which can lead to depression.

To buffer any feelings of loss, these suggestions may help you stay positive during the post-holiday period.

  1. Get in touch with friends or family members that you didn’t have time to contact over the holidays. FaceTime and Skype are still free and so are smartphone long distance calls. Brighten up your own, and someone else’s day, with an unexpected call or email.
  2. Catch up with friends and family Facebook postings. Give them a shout out “way to go”, “nice going.”
  3. Seek out YouTube videos that are uplifting, enlightening, or funny. Renew your spirit. There’s nothing wrong with watching television or surfing the internet for positive motivation or rest, but don’t let it gobble up your time and prevent you from contact with real live people.
  4. You know that you overspent during the holidays. Brace yourself by writing down your expenses and budgeting the payment of your purchases over the first quarter of the new year. Budget a lean first few months to help you pay off the credit cards. Rather than a gym membership, try working out to videos at home.
  5. Invite friends over for a cup of tea, a brewski, or popcorn and a movie. Lean on your friends and family. The happiest people are those who stay connected.
  6. Focus on others. Get involved with your community and friends to maintain positive self-worth. Start at home by helping with maintenance, the children, or aging parents. Won’t your neighbor be surprised when you offer to help him clean out his gutters? Nonprofit or religious agencies are always looking for help. Americans are famous for their charitable acts. More than 63 million Americans volunteered during 2009 (U.S. Bureau of Labor).
  7. Take a Deep Breath. Do you know what happens when you take a really slow, deep breath? Your oxygenized cells travel to every part of your body and enhance every system. And more oxygen means less tension. Meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and other such breathing related methods can be practiced anywhere at any time.