How to Overcome Post-Holiday Blues
Have you struggled going back to work and getting back into your normal routine after enjoying some well required time off?
Naturopath and medical herbalist Natalee Durrant, shares her tips below for overcoming post holiday blues, and offers advice on how to step into 2019 with an attitude of grace and flair!
How many of you have found yourself struggling to get motivated, perhaps experiencing low energy and your head just not in the game? It may have been a struggle to get out of bed in the mornings. Maybe your digestion has felt a bit sluggish; you have found yourself craving foods of decadence rather than your ‘normal’ eating habits. The exercise plan wasn’t quite on par with where it was in early December. Perhaps you’re starting to feel negative thoughts creeping in; a few of those ‘what am I doing?’, ‘what are my goals?’, ‘is this the right thing to be doing?’, ‘how am I going to make this year better?’ types of questions starting to roll in as 2019 skips into its second month.
So how can we step into 2019 with an attitude of grace and flair steadily advancing upon the achievement of our goals? Rather than roaring towards them at full speed only to peter out just before the finish line; or at worst reluctantly drag ourselves into the new year feeling defeated before we even try?
Here are a few tips that may help:
- Book yourself regular breaks/holidays/long weekends throughout the year. This will give you something to look forward to. It may ease the monotony of the daily grind and the despondency some of us experience about going back to work after some time off.
- After a break away from exercise, it can be difficult to jump straight back into the routine again. Set yourself baby steps such as going to the gym twice a week initially and increase over a couple of weeks. Or try changing things up. Add in a new yoga class or go for a walk or a swim whilst you can enjoy the longer evenings. With a bit of time and patience you will be back to your usual routine and getting closer to your goals.
- If you’ve let the diet slip over the holidays and are finding it difficult to get back on track after all those delicious sweet treats, bbq’s and over indulgence be patient with yourself. Start slowly. When we try to do it all at once it is often a lot harder to stick to, but incremental changes are more likely to become life habits. Start with small goals such as, not snacking between meals, eliminate the sweet treats and look at healthier alternatives, add more vegetables to your plate, swap alcoholic beverages for kombucha or sparkling water with your favourite fruit flavoured tea bag.
- Revamp your goal setting. Brainstorm and identify what it is you truly want -your heart’s true desire and what is your deep motivator, then plan a S.M.A.R.T* goal. This can be the foundation to real success.
- Be gentle with yourself. Sometimes the reason we struggle to get back into the swing of things is because we are just genuinely tired. If this is the case, try to book in a holiday for some r & r. If this is an impossibility, take a look at your schedule and try to include some early nights, regular selfcare and pampering, meditation and relaxation.
- Lastly, remember to always find those things that bring you joy and make them a regular part of your life. Try to include these things or at least an aspect of these things into your everyday or at the very least your every week. Make these things a non-negotiable.
*S.M.A.R.T is an acronym outlining criteria for effective goal setting. Specific. Measurable. Achievable. Relevant. Time-bound.
Natalee Durrant is a naturopath and medical herbalist who is passionate about supporting and enabling clients to develop and maintain optimal health and wellness. She enjoys treating a wide range of health complaints and specialises in fertility and women’s reproductive health. She works from a clinic based within the Wellworks Pharmacy on Taranaki St, Wellington.