The parties have been had. The boxes of decorations are placed tidily back in their reserved corner of the attic. The sweets and treats have been baked and enjoyed. The presents have been opened. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over.
The whimsical time the holidays created has come to a close and resuming life as normal is sometimes easier said than done. If you are like many, you may find yourself down in the dumps. Luckily, Max is coming to rescue you from the doom and gloom!
Post – Holiday Hobby
Let’s be honest, while the holidays are crammed full of fun, they also take up a TON of your time! Between gift shopping for friends to grocery shopping for the family feast, your schedule is usually on overdrive. Now that you have freed up your calendar, take this time to pick up a hobby. Have you always wanted to learn how to sew? Maybe you want to get into woodworking. Now is the time for you to focus on a new pastime.
Break a sweat
New year, new you! Hitting the gym is a great way to beat the post-holiday blues while achieving new goals. And exercising releases endorphins that make you feel more energized and happier overall.
Home Improvement Project
Now that the holiday decorations are down, it’s the perfect time to tackle some of those lingering home improvement projects. Whether its clearing out the clutter in your closets or redesigning your kitchen, the possibilities for your humble abode are endless. It can be something as simple as painting your guest bedroom or as elaborate as installing new hardwood floors. The project will keep you busy, and the new face lift will give you the confidence to whisk away your misery.
Plan a vacation
Back to the grind. Working the 9-5. The monotony of the day in and day out can pile on the despair. Beat away those blues by planning a getaway for yourself, your family, or you and a group of your closest friends. If you are up to it, volunteer to be the vacation planner. From flight reservations, to hotel accommodations, to activity planning you will stay busy with the added bonus of the anticipation of a relaxing retreat. By giving yourself something to look forward to, you can bust those blues in no time.
Learn Something New
Challenge yourself to take a class in 2018. Let this be the year that you tackle that bucket list item of learning how to ski. If you have dreamed of being fluent in Spanish or something as extreme as a black belt in karate – now is your time! Kick your culinary skills up a notch with a cooking class or get your bank account in order with an online finance class that covers everything from retirement planning to personal saving.
While it’s easy for many to feel down this time of year, by taking a few steps in the right direction, you can get off the post-holiday blues bandwagon. Rather than despair that the holidays have ended, embrace the new year with a positive outlook. Whether you are busy breaking a sweat or basking at the beach – do something for yourself, and greet 2018 head on!