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5 Ways to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues

The cookies have been eaten, the presents have been unwrapped, the toasts have been made, and the confetti has been tossed. December’s glitz and festivity has been replaced by the dreariness of January. Now you’re sitting at work and wrestling with the post-holiday blues.

Don’t let the end of the holiday season get you down. There are lots of things you can do to boost your mood and survive the long winter that lies ahead. Here are just a few ideas:

Come up with a new fitness plan.
We know, the last thing you want to think about is working out. But exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don’t get the post-holiday blues. Check out that suspended yoga class that you’ve been meaning to go to, or order some workout DVDs if you prefer to exercise in the comfort of your home. Being active will definitely improve your mood.

While we’re on the topic of health, it’s also a great time to revamp your diet.
If you’re anything like us, you’re probably feeling pretty sluggish after eating all of those cookies and drinking all of that eggnog. Scour the local bookstore for new cookbooks or look online for healthy recipes. Some vegetables and an opportunity to awaken your inner culinary genius just might cheer you up.

Update your décor.
Houses can look incredibly empty and depressing once all of the holiday decorations have been taken down, so make this an opportunity for some new décor. If you’re interior design-inclined, consider repainting a room or take a trip to your favorite home store and pick up a few new things. If you’re looking for a more simple and budget-friendly option, print off new pictures to put in frames you have around your house. Even a small change can brighten up your environment.

Organize some fun activities and events for the upcoming months.
Check local venues for upcoming concerts or (if your fitness routine is paying off) find a fun 5K you can run in the spring. And it’s always hard to say goodbye to friends and family once the holidays are over, so start planning your next trip to visit them.

For immediate cheering up, go out for a night on the town.
Get a delicious meal at your favorite restaurant, and go to one of the several new movies you’ve been dying to see. Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean that the fun and celebration have to end.