Tips to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues
After the holidays, it is normal to experience what is referred to as post-holiday depression or blues. This period is typically characterized by symptoms such as sadness, insomnia, low-energy, irritability, difficulty concentrating and anxiousness. Below are 5 tips that can help you manage the post-holiday blues and bring glow back into your life:

  1. Call/facetime someone. Think about someone that you enjoy being around, talking to, or care about, and give them a call rather than texting them. Social interaction is a critical component of enhanced wellbeing, connecting with people, even when we may not feel like it, can provide a much needed boost. 
  2. Incorporate regular physical activity into your day. Going for a walk or engaging in your favorite exercise routine can help you boost your mood and relieve stress.
  3. Look forward, not backward. Identify one realistic goal that you would like to focus on/accomplish in the new year and make a plan to bring it into being. Celebrate each step accomplished.
  4. Take care of yourself. Re-establish healthy lifestyle practices such as quality sleep and a nutrient-dense diet to help you boost your mood, manage post-holiday sadness and get back on track if you’re struggling emotionally.
  5. Be patient and go easy on yourself. Post-holiday blues won’t stick around forever. Be kind to yourself and exercise self-compassion. If symptoms persist or become unmanageable, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional. Go to the UWindsor Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) website to access services, resources and supports.
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