5 Ways to Beat the Post-Christmas Blahs

how-to-beat-the-winter-blahsWell, it’s over.  The stockings are empty and there’s a house full of new toys you don’t know what to do with. The loved ones are gone and the Christmas high went out the door with them.  And what about the little voice that whispers, “You didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas so you should feel sorry for yourself,”?  That voice speaks to me every few years too.

The post-Christmas blahs are a real thing.  They can take over the mood of the whole house if we aren’t careful.  So let’s take charge and kick those ugly attitudes to the curb, shall we?!  I’ve made a list of 5 ways I get over the blahs.  Here you go…5 ways to beat the Christmas blahs!

  1. Think of someone else.  Nothing snaps me out of feeling sorry for myself like thinking of someone else.  We all know someone (or know of someone) who is in need.  Maybe they need money or maybe just emotional support.  You could visit a sick friend, call someone who was alone for the holiday, pray for those in the military.  Get your mind off of yourself!
  2. Write down 3 things to be grateful for.  OK, maybe your husband didn’t do such a great job of getting you a gift.  Instead of focusing on that, think about 3 things he does really well and be grateful for those qualities.  Or write down 3 things that really blessed you over the holiday.  Even if it was awful, you can think of 3 things!  Write them down and stick it somewhere that you can see it every day.  My bathroom mirror is always filled with notes of gratitude to remind me how blessed I am (I tend to get mopey too easily).
  3. Get organized.  Instead of leaving all of the new things you got for Christmas sitting around, stop and make the time to put them away.  Find a place to keep them and let your family know, “This is where the ____ goes now.”  Move a few tings around, ask a friend to help if you can’t find a place to put everything.  Think outside the box – do the toys have to go in the kids’ rooms or can they be tucked away in a basket that slips under the couch?
  4. Get rid.  There’s nothing like a good purge to help me feel better.  Don’t overwhelm yourself, just get rid of 2 things each day for a week.  Make yourself keep it at a minimum so you don’t start losing track of time and forgetting to make dinner because you were too busy tossing out trash bags filled with all the games that are missing pieces.  Not that I have ever experienced that. . .
  5. Slow down.  Take a breath every couple of hours.  Sit with the kids, read a book aloud, enjoy the moment.  A long, deep breath does wonders when you’re feeling blah.  Just be still and let God relax you (try adding a few essential oils!).  Pick up a little book and go through it slowly, enjoying the illustrations and the sweetness.  Something like, “Good, Good Father” by Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett.  It’s darling!

Trying to beat the Christmas blahs is a matter of being intentional.  It’s shifting your focus from feeling sad and hopeless to being excited and hopeful.  You can do this!  And if it helps, I am doing it right along with you.

Have a wonderful New Year!

YOUR TURN!

How are you intentional in beating the post-Christmas, winter blahs so you can end the year with joy?

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Lisa Pennington lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband of 27 years and their 9 children. She homeschools while trying to figure out how to run their little farm with no real knowledge of how to care for goats or grow a garden, turning her life into a comedy of errors. When she has a few extra minutes, she loves to help other women find their identity in Christ and have the courage to live their calling. She blogs about her family life at The Pennington Point, and runs an etsy shop with her daughters, Shop 24, . When people ask how she does it all she replies, “I’m not sure, but I know I need a nap!” You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @PenningtonPoint.

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About Lisa Pennington

Lisa Pennington lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband of 27 years and their 9 children. She homeschools while trying to figure out how to run their little farm with no real knowledge of how to care for goats or grow a garden, turning her life into a comedy of errors. When she has a few extra minutes, she loves to help other women find their identity in Christ and have the courage to live their calling. She blogs about her family life at The Pennington Point, and runs an etsy shop with her daughters, Shop 24, . When people ask how she does it all she replies, “I’m not sure, but I know I need a nap!” You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @PenningtonPoint.