Post-Holidays: It’s Time for You

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The holidays are an exciting time – full of giving, reuniting, eating and drinking. But by the time January rolls around, everyone’s exhausted. If you’re feeling bogged down after the holiday season, you’re not alone. Take a break from the rich foods and alcohol to allow yourself some much-deserved rest and relaxation with these six ideas!

1. Plan something fun.
Instead of feeling down about getting back to your normal routine, put something on the calendar to bring your buddies back together. Plan a day trip or host your friends for the Superbowl to have something to look forward to.

2. Clean out those holiday decorations.
Remember the happy holiday memories by printing out pictures of friends and family, but keep moving forward. Get your space tidied up again – a winter cleaning could be the perfect weight off your shoulders.

3. Hit the gym.
It‘s very possible that your exercise routine took a hit during the holidays. Get your blood flowing again, boost those endorphins and watch your mood lift quickly. Even a 20-minute workout in your room could do the trick.

4. Get out and volunteer.
There’s no better feeling to brighten your week than putting a smile on someone’s face! Check out volunteer opportunities on your base or in your neighboring community to spread the holiday cheer year-round.

5. Cross off some New Year’s resolutions early.
Get excited about starting your year with a clean slate. Pull out that resolutions list and draft your plan of attack with some near-term milestones you want to hit in January!

6. Get help if you need it.
It’s important to be aware of how you feel and take steps to get better. If you feel down or like you need to turn to alcohol to feel better, check out these resources so you can start moving in a positive direction.

The New Year is like a post-holiday gift – the gift of a fresh start. Set yourself up for your best year yet!

Posted January 9, 2019