Over-indulged, over-tired, lethargic and glad its finally all over? These feelings are quite common in the days after the Christmas celebrations. But what about your mind?
When the celebrations are over
For many the build up to christmas is a great distraction from our depression and anxiety – the focus of getting presents bought and wrapped, food organised and cooked, people visited distracts us from how we feel. Personally I always look forward to this time of year, but then come the 24th the reality of it all kicks in and its over too soon. Instead of sitting back and relaxing I start to panic about everything, the state of the house, the state of our finances, the massive clean up operation required to get everything back to normal.
When we worry about a lot of small things it can quickly escalate to full-blown anxiety, and start a cycle that is difficult to break out of again. I spent most of this christmas tired and asleep because of it. So how can these post-party blues be controlled? Here are a few useful tips:
There is rarely a need to get everything you are thinking about done straight away, so stop panicing and start planning. If you are sitting there watching presents being unwrapped and worrying about the mess that the paper is making then you are missing the enjoyment of the moment. Ignore the mess for a bit and try to savour the moment. Save on panic by being organised.
Organisation is key here – to avoid worrying about everything all the time, set a specific time to worry about things – and limit it. To use the example above dedicate a specific time slot in the day to clear up the discarded wrapping paper and know that you will spend ten minutes doing so at that time. The same applied to all the little jobs you worry about during the holidays, by assigning them a timeframe and sticking to it you get plenty of time to enjoy the festivities without worrying about your work load.
Finish Work Early
Whether its getting that new year report finished, or your back to school homework you should endeavour to get these types of jobs done as soon as the holidays begin, freeing up the rest of your time to celebrate and relax. There is nothing worse than trying to enjoy yourself whilst a deadline looms. Even if you only get some of the work done it can go a long way to easing your transition back into work/school.
Dial It Down
If its usually you doing all the organising, arranging and planning for the festive season try to dial down the celebrations to a level where they are manageable. Enlist helpers wherever possible and get guests to pitch in and help with the cooking, cleaning or tidying up. Remember the idea is everyone enjoy themselves – including you – so a little bit of help goes a long way.
Feeling exhausted from all the last minute preparations you did? Try getting a start on next year early. This can be as simple as putting away all the decorations in an easy to organise set of boxes this year to speed up the process next year. Or wrapping your lights around a cardboard tube so you don’t need to spend an hour untangling them next time the tree is being decorated. The after christmas sales are also a great time to grab bargains ready for next years gifts, so get some shopping time in and start getting a head start on the future.
Do you have some tips for handling the post-christmas blues? Leave them in the comments below to help your fellow strugglers.