There’s no doubt that the holidays and new year are a wonderful time for many. There’s a bunch of delicious food to indulge in, family events that reconnect spirits, and gifts to open and enjoy.
Even though the holidays are long over, the whole month of January can prove exhausting and painful for some, especially when they intentionally (or unintentionally) focus their energy inwards.
That’s right, evaluation.
The new year evokes introspection and self-evaluation. In fact, people are more likely to evaluate themselves on a much deeper level than usual around this time.
This can be extremely problematic when they feel as if they didn’t accomplish their goals or last years resolution by the time the new year has started.
Thoughts such as:
- “I didn’t lose weight like I promised myself”
- “I didn’t make what I expected this year”
- “I never got that promotion I was working so hard for”
Can all be very detrimental to a person’s mental health and well-being, and heavily contribute to depression.
Whether you’re feeling down because the holiday’s are over, or you’re beating yourself up over failing to meet last years resolution, you’re not alone, and there are things you can do to help yourself feel better.
- Get moving. Get yourself up and out of the house, or wherever you are. Go explore a new place closeby, or afar if you so desire.
- Put on an uplifting song. There’s nothing that has the power to positively influence your brain like good music. Turn on your favorite happy song, listen, and feel it’s mood-enhancing effects.
- Volunteer. This is a fantastic way to brighten you up. Helping others will naturally and holistically comfort and console you, giving you feelings of warmth and belonging. Volunteering is also a great way to cope with loneliness. You never know who’s life you may change
- Learn to love yourself. This sounds hard, only because it is. Treat your body well and with care; feed yourself nourishing food, and feed your mind nourishing thoughts. Fight off and replace the negative ones with expressions of love. Don’t let yourself believe everything you think.Set featured image
- Speak with a professional. There are kind-hearted people who are trained to provide care to those who suffer from post-holiday and new year depression. Put aside any negative feelings and seek them out.
If you’re in Ardmore, Wynnewood, the Main Line, or any other surrounding area, I encourage you to give me a call. We can work together to help you overcome your challenges.