10 ways to beat the post-Christmas blues

The presents have all been opened and the parties are well and truly over. It’s January and you’re back at work. That’s enough to make many of us feel a bit down. If you’re suffering from the post-Christmas blues, the following tips might just help.

 

  1. Try to be thankful. There are a lot of people out there who are struggling to find work. You may not love your job, but at least you have a regular salary coming in.
  2. Make plans. It can be depressing to be back in a routine of early mornings and late nights, so think of fun things you can do to break up the mundane lifestyle. Plan to see friends and family, or book a holiday so you have exciting things to look forward to.
  3. Look after yourself. January can be cold and miserable, and you may have overindulged over the festive period. Get back on track with healthy eating, regular exercise and good sleep. That way you’ll feel better physically and mentally, and will also be less likely to fall ill.
  4. Find opportunities to laugh. Laughter really is the best medicine, so look for amusing content online or share a joke with your colleagues. Go and see your favourite comedian or read a funny book. This will help to lift your mood and take your mind off any negative circumstances or work stress.
  5. Apply yourself. It can be difficult to get back into work after a break, but make the effort to meet deadlines and targets. This can really help to boost your confidence and give you a sense of worth and wellbeing.
  6. Get outdoors. You may feel like hibernating, particularly if the weather is unpleasant, but it’s important that you get fresh air and sunlight. Wrap up warm and take a walk. Get others on board if you’re not a fan of walking on your own.
  7. Make new friends. Perhaps there’s someone at work, church or an exercise group that you’d like to get to know better. This could be the start of a great friendship, and will give your mind something positive to focus on. The chances are, others around you are also suffering from the blues, so make their day by extending an invitation for coffee or a nice meal.
  8. Sort out your finances. December is often an expensive month, and you may have hit up your credit cards to finance Christmas and New Year celebrations. Make a realistic budget and try to stick to it, ensuring that you make at least the minimum payments on your debts.
  9. Talk to a professional. If your ‘blues’ turn out to be more than just a fleeting thing, it’s important that you talk about it. Stress, anxiety and depression can be really difficult to deal with alone. Maybe you’ve had relationship problems over Christmas, or you just feel like everything is getting on top of you. If so, get some counselling, or speak to someone you trust about your problems and state of mind.
  10. Think about a job/career change. If everything else is going well, but your job is getting you down, it may be time to look elsewhere. Start putting the feelers out and think about alternative career paths. What vacancies match your skills and experience? Is there anyone you could talk to who could help you find a new challenge? Do you need to undertake any training, work experience or voluntary assignments to give you a better chance in your chosen industry?

 

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Joy Tibbs is a freelance writer and editor who regularly contributes to Premier. Find out more at joyofediting.co.uk and find her on Twitter @joyous25

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