After Christmas and New Years, many people can experience what is known as “Mondayitis ”, which basically mean “post holiday blues”. If its after the holidays the post holiday blues can really get you down and if you do not take some actions to combat this, it can really affect your life in a negative way. You may begin withdrawing from activities you used to enjoy or simply be whiney and down at home, which can impact your family.
The symptoms you feel are quite real, but be encouraged that you can beat the post holiday blues by performing certain actions that combat such a blah state of mind. Here are some wonderful tips that can get you whistling and smiling again- perhaps even singing loudly to your favorite songs!
1. Declutter and organize your home
Out with the old and in with the new! Walk around your house and take a good look at each room. Do you notice clutter? Is it piled high with dust, boxes, toys, etc? If your house is cluttered, it’s time to do something about it. When your home is cluttered, you may not realize it, but you are affected by it. I know women who physically get anxious and moody when their house looks cluttered or messy.
Purpose to go through each room and get rid of the things you don’t use or don’t need. While you’re at it, dust, vacuum, and organize it in a way that makes you happy. Take it room by room and take your time. If you look at the project as a whole, you may get overwhelmed. Get excited about the project and as you go about your decluttering, know that you are moving beyond your post-holiday blues at the same time. Relief is on the way!
2. Be kind and give
One reason people are so happy around the holiday season is because they are thinking about purchasing and giving gifts to their loved ones. Giving simply makes you feel wonderful! Just because the holidays are over does not mean that you have to stop being kind or giving little tokens of love.
Perform random acts of kindness. Buy your coworker Starbucks tomorrow morning. Surprise your partner with a box of chocolates or bottle of fine wine. Call your mother and invite her out for lunch. Take the kids out for ice cream. Smile at every person you see during the day. Say hello and make eye contact. Leave a nice, encouraging comment on Facebook for those whose status updates let you know they are struggling, tell someone you care, and so on. As you offer kindness to others, you will certainly feel joy bubbling deep inside of you.
3. Try a new hobby
I’m sure that there is something that you’ve been saying for a long time that you would like to do, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Painting? Skiing? Writing? Singing? Golf? Think about taking on a new hobby this year, as hobbies tend to make people feel productive and happier.
I know one woman who made a list of potential hobbies and tried every single one of them over the course of a few months. By engaging in each of them, she was better able to determine which one she enjoyed the most and continued with that hobby. She is not enjoying her new hobby as a Spoken Word Artist.
These are three simple things you can do to overcome the post-holiday blues. If these don’t suit you, here is a list of additional things you can do to combat those darn blues.
- Adopt a pet
- Take a class
- Invite someone for a lovely dinner once a week
- Begin an exercise regimen
- Take a mini vacation
- Create a dream board
- Refrain from television and computer for a week and get out to explore your city
What are your tips to overcome Mondayitis of the Post Holiday Blues?