Surviving the Post-Holiday Blues

December 15, 2018
Ghenet Actually || Surviving the Post-Holiday Blues

Is it socially acceptable to wear my Christmas jumper long after Christmas has been wrapped up? It’s creeping ever closer and I can already feel the post-holiday blues begin to set in. We go from a delightfully festive Christmas straight into the bleakest month of the whole year. January always feels a bit rough, doesn’t it? I know Christmas hadn’t even passed yet, but I’m already making a proactive effort to help get me through the post-holiday blues. Just so I’m prepared!

Ghenet Actually || Surviving the Post-Holiday Blues
Ghenet Actually || Surviving the Post-Holiday Blues
Ghenet Actually || Surviving the Post-Holiday Blues

Jumper, Sugarhill Brighton // Jeans, Asos (SimilarAsos // Bag, Cambridge Satchel Co // Shoes, Converse

I’m sitting here lamenting that my instagram feed won’t look so festive come December 31st, but I’ve decided to be pro-active and start planning now! Planning what, you may ask? Well, I’ve got a few things up my sleeve to help me survive the post-holiday blues!

I’m only making plans for January

There’s the temptation at the end of the year to try to make plans with all the people you’ve been meaning to catch up with over the last 11 months. While that can be fun, it can also be stressful and exhausting. I’ve decided that all of my plans are now being made for January. Not only does it take the pressure off, but it also gives me something to look forward to once the holidays are over, ya know? Sounds like an obvious one, but it felt like a profound lightbulb moment.

I’m giving myself a creative project

I’ve decided that January is the month for projects. Things that I’ve been meaning to do for ages. New ideas I’ve had to spark creativity, and help make the dark nights feel a little fuller. For example, I’ve been meaning to upcycle our coffee table, and do more bits around the house. I’ve got an instagram challenge I want to do (which I’ll be sharing on my social media as well) to help me appreciate the little moments of the month. I’m bringing back my ‘Wear Your Wardrobe’ Challenge too! Having something you can accomplish in a set amount of time helps to make things feel productive, you know?

I’m embracing the hygge

This is something I do try to do all year round, but it really comes into it’s own in the winter months. Why, you might ask? Well, it helps to make the days feel a bit brighter. Mr. Actually and I like to have tech free nights, or we watch a film with a hot chocolate and some candles on the coffee table. For me, it’s about making the downtime more soothing and content. During the bleakest month of the year, when the post-holiday blues are setting in, it feels appropriate to make the nights in even more special!

I love Christmas and all that it brings. This time of year is so bright and festive, and there is just so much to do! Finding little ways to carry some of that energy into January can only be a good thing, right? Start as you mean to go on! Hopefully, planning some of this now will help me make the most of January too!

Photos by Nicole

  • Reply
    December 17, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Thank you so much for this post! Last January was quite hard on me and this one I would prefer to feel much better. Long nights, dark, cold is not something I like. I missed the sun and with planning my dad’s birthday I totally forgot about taking care of myself and with no exciting plans in sight I was really happy when spring finally came. But it was a dark winter for me.

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      December 19, 2018 at 9:32 am

      It’s such a hard time of year! I think people get caught up in New Year’s resolutions and trying to make so much stuff happen but I always find it really difficult. Which is why I’m trying to be proactive in my planning and do things that inspire me without adding too much pressure, ya know?

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    December 29, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    The holidays are always a difficult time for me, as the last several years I’ve either been caught up in unfulfilling relationships that make the holidays unpleasant or I’m trying to disentangle from those relationships, which makes everything *stressful* and unpleasant.

    I’m actually looking forward to January, new year and new opportunities! I’m glad the holidays are over this year.

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      January 1, 2019 at 4:34 pm

      That is stressful. Hopefully things get better in the New Year! It’s tough for me too because I’m so far from my family, so I try to make the most of it to cheer myself up. Not always easy though!

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