We are back! It’s the first full week of work and life for many of us, which means we are really back to our regularly scheduled programs. I don’t know about you, but I get sad around this time of the year because all the festivities are over. Even if Christmas isn’t a thing for you, the sheer Holiday vibes of people being friendlier, Holiday-themed drinks, Holiday Villages & Festivals, and music are enough to set a magical mood for many to enjoy. However, I understand that it’s another cycle of the year and eventually this day would come. So, how can one get over that feeling of sadness, mental drain from visiting houses, and all that jazz? Let’s take a look at some easy practices to help us ease into this portion of the year.
1. It’s all cyclical.
Let’s start by looking at our mindset. We know the holiday season will be back again next year and we can celebrate all over again. I know it can be hard to let go, but look at what you have to look forward to! There will be something else to celebrate, places to visits, and events to attend. Give yourself something to look forward to after the holidays, even if it’s relaxing at home and not answering the phone.
2. Fresh starts are always good.
A phrase that has become popular over the years is “New Year, New Me.” What an awesome phrase that is because we are speaking into existence a fresh start! There’s nothing like a good shedding of the old and welcoming the new, challenging ourselves and conquering our fears. The best thing about this is that we are asking the universe to help us with this process! Don’t be surprised if you get called out on your BS or you discover something about yourself, good or bad, that you will work on throughout the year.
3. What are you grateful for?
One sure fire way to get over the holiday hump is to think about what you are grateful for and go down memory lane. It’s an instant mood and vibe booster. Go through those holiday pictures and be thankful for the experiences. By doing that, we are telling the universe that we want more of what we are thankful for. We don’t get more of what we aren’t grateful for, it doesn’t work like that.
4. White elephant party, anyone?
I’ve had this party many times with my friend and it’s loads of fun. We usually have it sometime in mid-January and it’s like the last hoorah of holiday parties. We started doing this because between people’s schedules and being overwhelmed in December, it just made sense to have it in January. So, if you’re really having a hard time letting go of the holiday season, then have one last party in January and make it an elephant party. Just make sure that you google the rules so no one gets confused!
5. Starbucks will continue to sell their holiday drinks until it runs out.
Not really a practice, but a little something to help you ween yourself off of the holiday high, but some ingredients to the holiday drinks are still at Starbucks for your delight. Starbucks doesn’t throw away their holiday drink ingredients after 1 January. The drinks are done whenever a location runs out of its not so secret sauce. Enjoy!
6. Treat yo’ self!
Go to the spa. Clear your mind. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Now that it’s Winter, some areas get darker faster, it’s cold, and some of us don’t want to do anything. I get it as the motivation to do anything is at an all-time low. However, start incorporating some self-care practices that will keep your mood and vibration elevated often. Release those endorphins!
7. Arts and Crafts
Journal or create a scrapbook for each holiday season. It’s nice to reflect over the year. I still have photo books from when I was a child and it brings back some of my most happiest memories. Now, people are calling it a scrapbook. Create a Holiday season ’18 scrapbook. You’ll feel better!