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Holiday Blues: How’s Your Post-Holiday Mental Health?

Posted Jan 26 2009 4:32pm

Mental Health care increases 30-35% during January and early February.

Over the past few decades, typically 80% of psychiatric and psychological problems are related to marriage and family, and the rest to professional and job conflicts. Now, we can add major financial debocals and recession and, and, and . . .

Here are some simple TO DO TIPS to manage post-holiday blues.  

. . . eat right.

. . . get plenty of rest.

. . . exercise regularly.

Do set realistic goals:

. . . organize your time.

. . . organize your space, stuff and things.

. . . make lists (use a notebook, not little pieces of paper!)

. . . prioritize.

. . . make a budget and follow it.

. . . set New Years Resolutions and Goals on which you can really follow-through and succeed.

. . . find ways to simplify your life on a daily basis (the “blues” can be directly related to feeling overwhelmed and getting little done on TO DO lists that are unrealistic to begin with.)

Let go of the past, embrace the new present and future.

Allow yourself to feel sad, lonely or melancholy when these feelings arise, these are normal feelings, particularly during and after the holidays - and before Valentine’s Day.

Do something for someone else.

Enjoy activities that are free.

Spend time with family and friends, people who care about you.

Spend time with new people or a different set of friends or family.

Contact someone with whom you have lost touch.

Give yourself a break: plan to prepare (or buy) one special meal, purchase one special gift, and take in one special event.

Complete small jobs and projects, or let them go.

Start a Gratitude Journal. Daily write 3-5 things you are grateful for.

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