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How to get over Christmas

Well, that’s it all over for another year, and while this probably won’t go down as the best Christmas on record despite that beautiful tree from CrimboTrees making it all the merrier, post-Christmas blues are descending fast.

The festivities gave us all something to look forward to after all, and while all your Christmases may not have come at once in 2020, it might feel like all your Sunday evenings have as you face reality again, as the pandemic intensifies that accompanying feeling of dread.

So, how do you get over it? How do you get back into the swing of things?

That’s the sixty-four-thousand-dollar question we guess nobody truly has the answer to other than to take things a day at a time. But you could also immerse yourself in some post-Christmas practical distractions and have some fun while you’re at it.

  • Why not kick things off by finding the right places for your ornamental gifts? Let this involve some type of reshuffle if you like, to give the place a new year freshen up into the bargain seeing as how you’re going to be spending quite a bit of time looking at those four walls as lockdown number three grows arms and legs.
  • Get stuck into some of those smellies too, rather than saving them for a special occasion, because it’s good to pamper yourself in a month that’s traditionally so austere with people giving up this and that and crowing about it all over social media.
  • Penning thank-you letters sounds a bit old-fashioned in the age of Instagram and Tic Tok, and people of a certain age will remember being forced to write them all out by hand to thank auntie-this and uncle-that. But hear us out because a hand-written letter or card is so personal and unusual and such a lovely touch that can lift the recipient’s spirits as well as yours when they get in touch to tell you how lovely and thoughtful you are along with how over the moon they are with it. Even an email will do if you’d rather not go to the bother of that writing, stamps, and posting malarkey.
  • Replacing decorations is another bright idea if yours are looking tatty. There are all sorts of online deals that at this time of year for the canny – or the even cannier among you could go one better by having a crack at making some of your own for next year.
  • The word January derives from the Roman god Janus. He had two faces, one looking back at the old year and one looking forward to the new and you will naturally look back on what’s been, but try to lean more toward being future-focussed.

Plan for 2021

You can help this along by putting together some type of plan for 2021 – even though this might sound impossible because so much is up in the air right now. This type of exercise is always a good idea because it gives you something else to focus on now that Christmas is a memory, and always remember to go easy on yourself by not setting too many goals in too short a time and by knowing your limitations.

The gift that keeps on giving is, of course, to focus on what you have to be thankful for and sometimes it’s just good to be reminded of this as you attempt to keep your pecker up in the face of an avalanche of daily bad news.  It’s crucial to do stuff that lifts your spirits, have a laugh, and surround yourself with positive people.  Perhaps not watching as much news is a good start. Maybe start planning next Christmas? We have some ideas for that!

We hope some or all of this helps you shoo away those post-Christmas blues!