How to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues

Garbage bags full of red and green paper wait at the curb, relatives have started their long journey home and, more than likely, your gut’s even more Santa-like than it was two days ago. Christmas Day came and went. It was fun while it lasted, but now that it’s over, you may be suffering from the post-holiday blues. Keep reading for a few ideas on how you can perk yourself up.

Party On
Does the “Twelve Days of Christmas” ring a bell? Pardon us if we sound like a bunch of know-it-alls, but Christmas isn’t technically over. The anticipation and excitement over Christmas morning may indeed be long-past, but Christmas is a twelve-day celebration. Celebrate until Christmas reaches its official end on January 6th. To keep the spirit alive, consider sharing a gift with your special someone on each of the twelve days of Christmas. And if you didn’t get through all of your favorite Christmas movies, it’s not too late. Grab any leftovers and park yourself on the couch for some much-needed cinema therapy (it’s cheaper than the regular kind).

Get Out of the House
Treat yourself and your family to a night out on the town. Go to your favorite restaurant or one you haven’t tried before. Invite friends to join you for additional post-Christmas merry-making (yes, there is such a thing). And get yourself out of those wretched sweatpants. You may be comfy, but they’re not boosting your mood. Dress up. You look good, you feel good.

We’ve got great news—the after Christmas sales are even better than the before Christmas sales. So if you shopped like a maniac for everyone on your list this past month, we think you deserve to do the same for yourself. Electronics, winter apparel and even cars are heavily discounted in the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. If you didn’t get everything you wanted for Christmas yesterday, this is your chance.

Write It Down
Everyone is more generous at the holidays. Writing thank-you letters is a great way to remind yourself how blessed your holiday season has been. The more you thank others, the more grateful you’ll feel and the less bummed you’ll be that the holiday season is on its way out.

Plan More Fun
Having a little something to look forward to goes a long way in cheering yourself up post-holidays. Host a dinner party then take your friends out for dessert. Or, if your budget allows it, plan a vacation. The trick is scheduling the party or trip at least a few weeks in advance—looking ahead is the point.

Don’t wallow today. Instead, make plans and have a little fun. It’s okay to be jolly in January. In fact, we encourage it.