“You didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas so you should feel sorry for yourself,”? That voice speaks to me every few years too. The post-Christmas blahs are a real thing. They can take over the mood of the whole house if we aren’t careful. So let’s take charge and kick those ugly attitudes to the curb, shall we?! I’ve made a list of five ways I get over the blahs. Here you go…
- Think of someone else. Nothing snaps me out of feeling sorry for myself like thinking of someone else. We all know someone (or know of someone) who is in need. Maybe they need money or maybe just emotional support. You could visit a sick friend, call someone who was alone for the holiday, pray for those in the military. Get your mind off of yourself!
- Write down three things to be grateful for. OK, maybe your husband didn’t do such a great job of getting you a gift. Instead of focusing on that, think about three things he does really well and be grateful for those qualities. Or write down three things that really blessed you over the holiday. Even if it was awful, you can think of three things! Write them down and stick it somewhere that you can see it every day. My bathroom mirror is always filled with notes of gratitude to remind me how blessed I am (I tend to get mopey too easily).
- Get organized. Instead of leaving all of the new things you got for Christmas sitting around, stop and make the time to put them away. Find a place to keep them and let your family know, “This is where the ____ goes now.” Move a few things around, ask a friend to help if you can’t find a place to put everything. Think outside the box – do the toys have to go in the kids’ rooms or can they be tucked away in a basket that slips under the couch?
- Get rid. There’s nothing like a good purge to help me feel better. Don’t overwhelm yourself, just get rid of two things each day for a week. Make yourself keep it at a minimum so you don’t start losing track of time and forgetting to make dinner because you were too busy tossing out trash bags filled with all the games that are missing pieces. Not that I have ever experienced that…
- Slow down. Take a breath every couple of hours. Sit with the kids, read a book aloud, enjoy the moment. A long, deep breath does wonders when you’re feeling blah. Just be still and let God relax you (try adding a few essential oils!). Pick up a little book and go through it slowly, enjoying the illustrations and the sweetness. Something like, “Good, Good Father” by Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett. It’s darling!
Trying to beat the Christmas blahs is a matter of being intentional. It’s shifting your focus from feeling sad and hopeless to being excited and hopeful. You can do this! And if it helps, I am doing it right along with you. Have a wonderful New Year!
How are you intentional in beating the post-Christmas, winter blahs so you can end the year with joy?