How to Get Over the January Slump

By Chana RobertsHoliday-slump-15

The holidays are over, your kids are back in school, and you’re back to a regular schedule at work (or if you’re a stay at home mom, you have an empty house again). On the one hand, it’s nice to have lower expectations and no more gifts to buy. But honestly, after all the excitement, anticipation, and together-time, you aren’t really jumping to go back to your normal routine.

For most of those reading this article, January is the middle of winter. And winter means yes, snow and ice, ice skating and hot chocolate, but it also means staying indoors more, less sunlight, and less fresh air. Some people deal okay with winter, but many others get “winter blues”, or a more serious form of the problem called SAD (seasonal affective disorder).

We won’t get into SAD here, because that’s not the point of this article. But I do want to talk about how to get over the January slump.

So, how can you make the landing back to everyday life less bumpy for yourself and your family?

Keep Your Clocks Normal

As much as it’s a bummer, not letting your kids stay up late during Christmas, New Year’s, or any other holiday parties will only do them – and you – good.

Getting up on time isn’t always easy, either, but if you can manage to keep your sleep schedule normal, the transition back to school will be a lot less difficult.

Don’t Overdo the Celebrations

Again, this is kind of a bummer. But if you can manage to spread the celebrations out over a longer period of time, not only will you prevent “high” and “low” periods, but you’ll have less holiday stress overall.

Define Your Goals – Before the Holiday Starts

I admit, this one is more pertinent to next year than this. But for the sake of spring break and summer vacation, I’ll say it anyways: If you can manage to define your goals for the vacation, and make a doable plan of action to accomplish them – it’ll be easier to go back to routine afterwards.

Why? It’s simple: If you end vacation feeling like you’ve missed the boat, you’re going to be depressed (and understandably so). But, if you’re able to look back and say, “Well, we did everything we wanted to do,” you’ll be happier to settle back into normal life.

Defining your goals for the holiday season is also good preparation for New Year’s. Just make sure that you’ve got your priorities straight – if you aim for too much, you won’t manage anything at all. And if you aim for the wrong things, you’ll just end up feeling awful.

What does your family do to help ease the transition from holiday season back to the regular schedule? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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