You've been preparing for days. Looking for the perfect New Year's Eve outfit, hurrying to the hairdresser, picking up some groceries, maybe last minute. You chose gifts for your partner, family and friends, looking forward to a little break from your daily routine.
And when the clock was about midnight, you enjoyed, sang, rejoiced, congratulated, celebrated. Everything was full of colors, smells and flavors. Lively and filled with intense emotions.
And then, the next morning, you woke up, maybe having coffee, declaring yourself a "lazy day" or continuing your visits and receiving guests.
A day or two and you start barely getting out of bed, making a breakfast like this, while you feel your thoughts are scattered and your body is surprisingly heavy.
Post-holiday depression is more common than thought. It is caused by intense experiences and excessive stress. Not only can holidays be stress for our minds - because much needs to be thought out and organized, they can also be stressful for our bodies. Later we lie down and get up, consume foods that are outside our standard menu, and ingest more sweet and alcohol. And there are expectations that we have from ourselves and others that further burden our emotional lives.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, here are some ideas for how to feel better:
- Get out and take a walk (even if you don't feel like it). Fresh air and walking, will accelerate circulation and support the secretion of seratonin, the so-called The "hormone of happiness".
- During one day, reduce your food intake. Take fresh fruits and vegetables to get enough antioxidants. You can also use supplements - magnesium will boost your energy, while C vitamin is good for detoxification. Don't forget about water - 2l a day will "shower" your body with all the unnecessary things you have brought in the previous days.
- Gently get back to your sleep pace.
- List goals and plans for both the coming year and this month. The annual plans keep you enthusiastic, the monthly plans encourage you to formulate faster action steps towards the goal.
So rest, recover your body, add your imagination to lift your spirit and an action plan to strengthen your will. In a few days, you will feel great, relaxed and ready for new beginnings.
And if the feeling of depression intensifies, then professional help should be sought. Sometimes holidays, especially New Year's, when traditionally billing the previous year's accounts, can be the trigger for long-standing discontent, which has hitherto been unrecognized. And that's okay. Because everything we recognize can be resolved.