The holidays are over. The parties, the anticipation, the cheerful music, not to mention the time off work, are behind us. Now it’s back to the old routine. I don’t know about you, but after all the holiday hype I get a good case of the post-holiday blues. The absence of the cheerful holiday clutter can make your home seem empty, and the dearth of parties can leave you feeling lonely. Although, I gotta say, being the introvert that I am, I’m a little relieved there are no parties in my near future. But, if you get a little bluesy in January and February, here are five tips to lift your spirits and carry you through to spring.
- Add some color to your life. A vase of fresh cut flowers; a blooming plant like a cozy African violet, a brilliant Amaryllis, or a snowy Paper White; even a green plant, can brighten your day and add color to your environment. Whether it’s home, or office, or both.
- See a movie. The holidays bring a flood of new releases to theaters, streaming video services, and DVD. Treat yourself to a good, lighthearted chick-flick or a sappy love story, either on the big screen, or from the comfort of your own sofa. And don’t forget the popcorn.
- Do lunch. Meet up with a girlfriend at your favorite lunch spot for a little girl talk, a glass of wine, and a decadent dessert. If you’re on a post-holiday diet (and really, who isn’t), split the dessert, and cut the calories in half!
- Take some me time. Curl up with a good book, or light some candles and indulge in your favorite bubble bath. A glass of wine can’t hurt either.
- Give back. The holidays aren’t the only time of year to give back. Perform a random act of kindness. Buy a cup of coffee for the person behind you in line. Visit an elderly neighbor. Secretly spring for a returning soldier’s lunch or dinner. Doing something for someone else will leave you feeling good all day long.
What do you do to lift your spirits after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season?