It’s over – the madness, the shopping, the wrapping, a year’s worth of anticipation. Christmas is past and the frenzy calms down. So, why are you feeling blue?
It is actually a physical condition called Post Holiday Blues. Our bodies actually make two chemicals that help us get revved up for the holidays; they’re called cortisol and adrenaline. Once the activity and stress of the holidays is over, those chemicals need to leave our bodies.
Here are 5 ways to help you body recover from the physical stress of the holidays from Dr. Deborah Serani. Serani is the author of the book “Living with Depression” and has been interviewed on the subject for ABC News, Glamour Magazine, The Associated Press as well as served as a technical advisor on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
The body needs a break after long periods of stress. She suggests a “pajama day” for rest and relaxation. She also suggests unplugging from technology too.
By moving 30 minutes a day, your body can process the excess chemicals that keep your body from relaxing. Play with the kids, run with your dog, take a walk – just move.
Instead of dwelling on the season’s end, look forward to the next event, birthday or vacation to help you move into the new year.
Relive the Memories
Take time to relive the special memories you and your family made this holiday. Wear your new things or print pictures of the fun memories. It will help you concentrate on the fun stuff that happened.
Talk about It
When you talk to others about your experiences, it helps keep the depression from taking hold. Again, revisit good memories, talk through any sad experiences and help solidify the decisions you have made.
For more information about Serani, please check out her website at www.deborahserani.com and her award-winning, syndicated blog Dr. Deb: Psychological Perspectives.
Marijo Tinlin is the Editor in Chief of Family First, one of the oldest family-oriented websites on the internet. She is also the author of the new book about patriotism and teaching our children to love this country. It’s called “How to Raise an American Patriot, Making it Okay for Our Kids to Be Proud to Be American” and features 13 interviews with patriotic Americans including Ed Meese, Erick Erickson and Jackie Gingrich Cushman. It’s available at www.raisinganamericanpatriot.com.]]>