Top Five Tips to Avoid the Post-Holiday Blues
After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season,
many people experience the post-holiday blues. Learn some easy and
powerful tips from International Certified Success Coaches, Amy
Ahlers and Melissa McFarlane, to beat post-holiday depression:
1. Look to nature and hibernate:
Mother Nature is the master of all things, isn't she?
She lets us know when to Spring into action, bask into the glow of
Summer, gear for change for Fall and finally, hibernate for Winter.
After the holiday bustle and stress, why not use the months of
January and February to hibernate and practice RADICAL self care?
Get massages, take hot baths, spend more time with your family and
friends. Allow yourself the time and space to cocoon so that come
spring, you are a full-blown butterfly ready to emerge.
2. Set your sights on the year ahead:
January is a time for new years’ resolutions and goal
setting-a way for you to look at what you want to CREATE for the
year ahead. And when you're in the mode of creation, it's hard to
find the space to be depressed. At Electric Kites Success Coaching,
we always begin with the vision of where we want to be. Look at the
What's the story I want to be telling about 2007?
What's the vision for the year?
What is my #1 focus/goal for the year?
What MUST occur in order for this year to be considered a
What MUST STOP in order for this year to be considered a
As you lean into what you want to create this year,
you'll find your inspiration, energy and passion rise, as the
post-holiday blues easy fade into the background.
3. New Years’ Resolution Burn Out:
One of the things that often leads to the post-
holiday blues is New Years’ Resolution failure. Many times, we make
a resolution for the New Year that is WAY TOO BIG and fail in week
two. And then we spend a month (or several years!) beating ourselves
up. Instead, set yourself up for success by making a resolution for
the first month of the year that feels like a delicious baby
step-then build on your success.
4. The Big Project Withdrawl Syndrome:
Let's face it, the holidays are a huge project! It's
a time filled with shopping, card writing, receiving, giving,
scheduling and cooking. It can suck up your time, energy, and
patience all at once. Perhaps what your blues are telling you is
that you are, quite frankly, bored and need a new project. Maybe now
is the right time to take on a charity event, a new project at work,
a class you've always wanted to take. Anything that feels big and
juicy will do the trick!
5. Gratitude and Appreciation:
Gratitude and appreciation are the simplest (and
often most overlooked) keys to fighting any kind of blues (holidays
or otherwise). Take time to practice gratitude and appreciation on a
daily basis. Perhaps you can set up a gratitude ritual around the
dinner table, at morning mediation or at night prayers. As you
appreciate and express gratitude your blues will become a thing of
About The Author: Amy Ahlers and Melissa
McFarlane are Certified International Coaches and the Co-Founders of
Electric Kites Success Coaching for Companies and Individuals. They
can be reached at
or by calling 1.800.966.2FLY.