Feeling down? Me too!

Happy 2016! Did everyone have a nice holiday?

Anyone else feeling kind of…blah…lately? I don’t know about you, but I have been in a funk for the last week and a half. The time before Christmas was good and relaxing – lots of time playing board games with the kids and watching movies and baking Christmas goodies…I remember thinking to myself “I’m really enjoying this! This is great!” Christmas Eve was happy and full of laughter and  Christmas morning was fun too – even if it did start before the crack of dawn (because KIDS).

We had some minor family drama on the afternoon of Christmas Day, then a couple of days later I found out someone had used my debit card number to help themselves to a Starbucks groupon (luckily the damage was limited to ten dollars, but the annoyance and irritation was not so limited), then a short trip we planned to take was canceled due to the bad weather…add all that to the usual Post-Holiday Let Down and well, you can see why I’m not feeling the Shiny New Year yet.

What I’ve found out is feeling blue is pretty normal this time of year. Here’s a link that explains why:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/life-without-anxiety/201401/the-holidays-are-over-why-am-i-so-blue

So my advice is, if you are feeling less-than-great right now, just know that it’s okay and be gentle with yourself. Give yourself some grace and some slack and some extra time wrapped in a blanket with a mug of tea or cocoa or coffee or wine or whatever makes you feel warm inside. Do whatever you need to do make yourself feel comforted. You have my permission to put your New Year Resolutions off til next week or next month or next year…start whenever you feel ready, or chuck those resolutions in the trash altogether, if that gives you peace. Just do whatever you need to do to care for YOURSELF.

Here is a good article that discusses easy ways you can start to make yourself feel better:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/19/seasonal-depression-10-wa_n_2499481.html

What are some ways you use to fight off the Winter Blues/Post Holiday Letdown? Your comment might be useful to someone else, so don’t be afraid to share!

 

 

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Feeling down? Me too!

  1. I didn’t feel a big let down from Christmas. I think its because my “minimal Christmas” is pretty engrained by now. I actually really enjoyed Christmas Eve And Christmas day. And then the tooth happened. So if I did have a let down I was too sick to notice 🙂

    I’m really sad that you had to cancel your trip that you were looking forward to.

  2. Helpful links, thank you (and I relate to #7 – weight gain!). Something I’ve started doing the past couple of years is leaving up some holiday decor until springtime. This consists of holly leaves, pine branches, pinecones, wreathes, poinsettia flowers, red berries, a few ribbons, and a hint of bling. Most are artificial, but in a way that helps. And I use scented wax melts in night lights (evergreen is a favorite).

    • (And I’m sorry to hear about the unfolding of unfortunate events for you. Parts of our family wouldn’t be together during the holidays as a result of previous drama. Ugh.)

  3. I try to stay active in winter. Get out and take winter Hikes with my dogs as the weather permits. I also like to start a new workout. I have a new one arriving this week. So I look forward to trying something new. A 3 month program so that gets me through March and I know by then days are getting longer and temps are warming up and hopefully I am in a little better shape too.
    Happy New Year everyone!

  4. How bizarre that they hijacked your card number for $10. I mean, glad it was only $10, but how strange. The last time we had one copied, they spent it all on downloading music and games. Our card company caught it because it was different companies than what my kids use. Very annoying to have to change number.

    • Well, I only had $13 in that account on that particular day! They probably tried to get more but were declined (I smile thinking about how frustrated they must have been!!). It’s unusual for me to let my account get that low, but it just happened that a larger amount had just cleared and I hadn’t deposited more into it yet. So actually, it was a fortunate thing that it happened at that time. And I needed a new card anyway – mine was cracking down the middle lengthwise and was getting hard to swipe. So all in all, not a huge deal, but at the time I was really annoyed.

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