The days leading to Christmas, holidays and celebrations are exciting, frenetic times. They’re a whirl of parties and social engagements, gifts and food to be purchased and travel arranged. The rush to get things organised builds into a great festive crescendo then…well, it’s over.
If you’ve ever awoken on New Year’s Day feeling a tad flat, you’re not alone. Don’t beat yourself up; the Post-Christmas Blues is a well-documented condition.
After the sparkle and colour of festivity, the hamster-wheel banality of real life seems pale and unappealing.
Worse, the weather is hot, the kids are bored and fractious, and taking decorations down is never as much fun as putting them up.
Then the bills arrive.
The despondency you’re feeling is real, in fact, in a 2015 study by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (a US based mental health organisation), two-thirds (64%) of people surveyed admitted to feelings of depression and anxiety after Christmas.
Symptoms include fatigue, tension, frustration, sadness and a sense of loss. If you’re nodding while reading this, the good news is there are steps you can take to reduce the physical, emotional and financial impact of the Post-Christmas Blues.
Here are some ideas.
Gift buying and holiday arranging is exciting, and it’s easy to lose track of how much you’ve spent.
We have 12 months lead time so planning ahead is your best strategy.
If your credit card has taken a beating over the holiday season, speak to your adviser about a debt reduction plan. They’ll help you get back on track, and then structure a budget for the next year.
The December/January period can be difficult for many reasons. If you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed, don’t soldier-on. Organisations like Lifeline Australia (13 11 14) or Beyond Blue (1300 22 46 36) are only a phone call away.
Alternatively, if it’s a relaxing chat you’re looking for, why not ask a friend over for coffee? It may be just what they need too.
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