January 18, 2013 by Vicki
What is it about the holidays that just exhausts everyone? Is it the hype? The emotional up-and-downs? Or is it just the way we don’t adhere to our normal schedules during the holidays? Suddenly tackling the laundry is a momentous task instead of a mundane occurrence. Holidays, however, don’t mean that the chores stop piling up. Instead, they seem to increase the number of chores because some things we simply did not have time to accomplish during the holidays. We must persevere and find ways to beat the doldrums.
During the holidays, we decorate and have different things around the home to celebrate. After the holidays, we take all of these items down and this can make the home feel a little dull. Perhaps we could put up other decorations to spice up our living space instead of simply removing the holiday-related items. For example, especially with snow on the ground, sometimes our outside world can look a little blah, spice it up with some pictures of cherubs, birds, funky-looking people or just random designs. You can pick up some static stick images from the dollar store or your local Walmart.
Another weapon against the doldrums can be new tastes. Using spices to create a different wealth of experiences for your palate can help give you energy and break the monotony. During the holidays, we tend to overindulge with heavy foods. Switching over to lighter but spicy foods creates change and gives our stomachs a break. A quick Internet search can bear a ton of new and tasty recipes.
Action is the age-old cure against boredom. No matter how blah you feel, get up and do something. It doesn’t matter what, as long as it is something that will get you moving. I find taking my dog out for a walk can give me energy for every other task. Another factor is to make sure you mix fun into every day’s list of accomplishments. As Stephen King put it so very eloquently in the Shining, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Do something you enjoy and make sure you celebrate all of your accomplishments. Yes, even getting out of bed and doing the dishes are accomplishments you can celebrate.
I also recommend that everyone give themselves time to adjust. The holidays sweep into our lives and turn everything upside down. Give yourself the space necessary to bring everything back into order. We are not robots, able to switch from one style of living to another, we are humans and need to adjust to changes in our lives. On this point, bear in mind that everyone else is feeling just about the same way. Be kind to those you interact with whether it be the waitress at Tim Horton’s or your boss. We are all struggling to get back to our normal routine.