How to push through the post-holiday blues

The start of a new year makes me more introspective than usual. 

Which means I ask myself, “What the heck is wrong with me?” at least several times a day, versus just once when I wake up and want to pull the covers over my head.

Okay, I may be exaggerating but not by much.

This time of year seems especially tough because New Year’s is the only holiday that celebrates the passing of time.

Another year done, done and done. Glad 2016 is over, we say, brushing our hands off on our pants as if we accidentally touched the lever on a public toilet.

For me, the icing on the cake occurs when my birthday also falls in January.

That hammers home the “you’re no spring chicken” point even more so. I used to say I love celebrating my birthday, and I still do to a certain extent, but that’s mainly because I tell everyone so they feel obligated to me nice to me for at least that day.

But lately, each year I’m emotionally less invested than the year before.

It’s not that I think I’m “getting old,” although my body sends me daily reminders that it may soon be time to buy a rocker and a throw blanket for my lap.

I just worry I won’t have time to finish all I’ve set out to do (which, by the way, involves helping as many over-50 women as I can to feel better about themselves).

And I want to be able to accomplish my goals preferably before anyone starts throwing dirt on top of me.

You often hear about famous artists and writers who became legends only after they died penniless, friendless and miserable. Some even cut off their own body parts.

What’s the fun in that?

I want to know I’m doing good, not that years after I’ve kicked the bucket someone will say, “Linda helped a lot of people. Too bad she died broke and missing an ear.”

Cold, dark days don’t work so well as mood boosters, either.

I am usually an optimistic person, but this time of year my inner funkiness never fails to rear its ugly head.

Getting out of bed and facing the morning takes more energy than enduring (and not commenting) on political rants on Facebook these days.

I wrote a related post not too long ago (posted below), which drew a lot of interest, so I won’t repeat those tips. But add these to the list to help yourself get up and at ’em…

Plan a trip

You want to avoid wishing too much time away, but planning for a vacation in the spring or summer can get your mind on to the warmer days ahead. Research shows, in fact, that planning for a trip may even make you happier than returning from one.

Help someone else

Several studies show that helping others by volunteering can lift your spirits, improve your mental health and overall life satisfaction. I volunteer at a cat rescue a few times a month, and it never fails to help me forget everything else for those hours.

Get out

Yes, it’s cold and damp. But getting outdoors in the sunshine for a few minutes reduces stress, improves focus and is shown to help depression due to SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and help spark creativity.

For more tips check out this prior post:

5 ways to stay upbeat when it’s cold and dark outside (includes a mood-boosting workout)

6 Tips for buying workout equipment you’ll actually use

5 Best Exercises for Women Over 50

NOW YOU.

Do you have tricks to battle the post-holiday blues? Let me know in the comments section below… 

Got questions? Email me at linda@lindamelone.com and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

Until next time…

Your Ageless Body Coach,

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