It is common for the month of January and the start of a New Year to stir up a multitude of emotions. Do you ever:
- Think “thank goodness” when realizing the holiday season is over?
- Feel sluggish about returning to work?
- Experience an emotional “let-down” after the holiday season?
- Find it hard to “get back into a routine” after January 1st?
- Count the days until the next 3-day weekend?
If so, you are not alone. Many individuals (of all ages) experience a post-holiday slump. Consider these possibilities (or brainstorm additional ideas):
- Continue support to service organizations that provide care to individuals or families who are having a rough time makings ends meet. The act of sharing feels good at any time of year.
- Increase “movement.” Many local gyms offer specials or trial-periods.
- If you miss the holiday social-circuit: invite a friend to coffee, meet friends at a café for lunch (no clean up), e-invite neighbors to a potluck.
- If you are already physically active, try something new: indoor rock-climbing, bowling, hike the foothills, yoga, Nia, or Zumba!
- For non-football fans: go to the movie theater when the Super bowl airs, grocery shop after the game has started, take a nap. Enjoy the quiet!
- Schedule an annual physical and review health concerns with your doctor.
- Give Your Permission to not make a New Year’s resolution. Just “be” in the moment.
- Affirm each one of the 31 days in January as part of your unfolding year.