Before the holidays, you work frenetically to gear up for that big Christmas climax, shopping, cooking, decorating, celebrating. Then when the holiday rush is over, there’s a letdown. The wrapping paper and tree go on the junk heap and spirits plummet. Holiday burnout and blues affect many people, young and old. Some diehard shoppers will spend December 26 culling the stores for after-Christmas sales. But many just feel over-tired, over-fed over-exhausted and depressed. But you can counteract post-holiday blues by being prepared for it. Here are tips for holiday depression first aid, emergency emotional health tips for Christmas blahs and post-holiday blues prevention suggestions.
The first line of prevention against any depression is always nutrition. Almost everyone who can indulge during the holiday will indulge. People eat too much indulgent food, processed meat, alcohol, candy, cookies, desserts, sweets, caffeine, sodium and fat. They eat too few vegetables, fresh foods and fruit. They lack vitamins and minerals all of which creates nutrient deprivation. Beat the post-holiday blues by supplementing the nutrition gaps.
Make a depression prevention vegetarian soup with vegetable juice, basil, oregano, onion, garlic, olive oil, parmesan cheese and all your favorite vegetables. Just the broth is warm, nourishing and beats depression. Whip up a loaf of Jewish rye bread or honey-nut bread in your bread-maker. Toss a huge salad with spring mix, spinach, leaf lettuce, greens, chopped carrots, shredded purple cabbage, mushrooms, tomatoes and peppers. Dress with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Top this power meal off with a refreshing cranberry-lime smoothie. Blend plain Greek yogurt, fresh cranberries, lime juice, crushed pineapple and one packet of Emergen’C. Now there’s a blues prevention meal that will help you fight off the winter colds and flu too!
Take time to do something you enjoy. Don’t be so busy doing for others this Christmas that you neglect yourself. Give yourself the gift of serenity. Cuddle up in a warm blanket with your cat, a good book and a cup of Earl Grey tea. Use your good china tea cup and saucer. Throw yourself into some story, far-removed from Christmas. Try solving medieval murders mysteries with Susannah Gregory and Ellis Peters. Go to 1930s England for a country house mystery by Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers or Ngaio Marsh detectives out with a 1930s English country-house, guest-party murder, too.
Do depression prevention stretching exercises. Take a long walk in the snowy winter woods (or along the beach, in the mountains or in the cypress swamp). Do Tai Chi or yoga. Burn incense and play Gregorian chant. Go swimming. Take the family to an aquatic center during the holiday season. Stroll a museum.
Give yourself a Christmas or post-holiday blues spa treatment. Fill the tub with hot water and add bath salts or essential oils (lavender fragrance is beneficial for well-being). Get your spa pillow or rolled-up towel. Let the cares of the day, the holiday depression, Christmas blahs, post-holiday blues (even a sinus headache or holiday hangover) melt away in the soothing waters.