How to get over the holiday blues

Coping with post-holiday blues is like coping with anxiety, says Moffa.

Some ideas to help you cope might include:

Engage in self-care

Moffa says consider prioritizing daily needs that make you feel good. She suggests trying these tips:

  • getting the proper amount of sleep
  • drinking enough water
  • creating or maintaining strong boundaries as needed
  • connecting with nourishing people around you
  • embracing moments of solitude and quiet
  • moving your body
  • not doing more than your energy level allows
Stick to a routine

Try to wake up and go to bed at the same time, as well as eat meals around designated times. Keeping to an exercise regime daily can also bring structure to your day.

Turn down invites

Approach RSVPing to invitations as opportunities to engage in something you enjoy rather than something you‘re obligated to do. This might mean learning when to say no.

Set a budget

Before the holidays approach, try creating a budget for gifts and activities. This way you can decide where you want to spend your money, and where you need to cut back.

If it helps with sticker shock, consider buying gifts throughout the year rather than in 1 or 2 months.

Know the feelings will pass

Although it might feel as if your blues won’t go away, Moffa says accepting and knowing you may feel the post-holiday blues, preparing for the feelings and experiences that may come up for you, and taking extra special care of your physical and emotional health is the best course of action.

“Remember that you’re not alone,” she says. “The holidays are a recipe for complicated emotions. Understanding how they will affect you is the way through.”

Next steps

If your holiday blues are not getting better or increase in severity to the point that they interfere with your day-to-day functioning, Moffa says consider reaching out to mental health professional.

If you don’t have one, consider asking a healthcare professional for a recommendation.