Now that the gifts have been opened and put away, the glow of holiday lights has dimmed, it’s time to get back to reality. While some revel in the holiday hustle and bustle being over, it can spell t-r-o-u-b-l-e for some – also known as a “happiness hangover” – especially if the groundhog predicts another six weeks of winter next month.
We’ve all been there. We plan an event, be it a wedding, a night out, a party or a family trip. We look forward to it for days, for weeks, sometimes for months, and the second it’s over (or maybe the next day), we find ourselves overwhelmed with feelings of sadness and dread.
We like to think of the holidays as a time of year when we all take time out from our busy schedules to recharge our batteries, spend time with friends and family, and reflect on the year that’s been. Although Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day are statutory holidays, and many workplaces may shut down for several weeks in observance of them, not everyone gets that time off. Some, in fact, work right through the holiday season.
As a society, we spend a lot of time, energy, and money thinking, talking and writing about ways to be healthier, feel better and live longer. You don’t need to look far for the evidence. Getting our kids in shape. Lowering our cancer risk. How to survive an overdose. All of the above have been topics of this blog in the last few months.