Holiday blues

If your Holiday season was magical and you are reminiscing about all those presents, pies, and joyful memories with your loved ones, we can relate! While some of you may feel thoroughly rejuvenated from the break that was the holidays, it’s absolutely normal to also feel exhausted and unwilling to return to the daily grind. The fact is that we do prep for the holidays a whole month in advance, and it’s all over before you know it, in just a week! We’re also taking into account that 2020 wasn’t the easiest of years, and chances are that you’re also working from home; so, we might just be more susceptible to the holiday blues this time around.

If this sounds relatable to you, we've got some tips to slowly but surely help you get back into the zone. Keep reading to know what they are!

Cut yourself some slack

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The thing about productivity slumps and post-holiday blues is that it’s inevitable and going through them is totally okay. The first step is simply to acknowledge that that’s what it is and go easy on yourself. Yep, there are emails to respond to, and that to-do list isn’t as short as you’d like it to be, but it’s alright for you to ease into it all. Remember — just like you, everyone else might just be making as much an effort to bounce back post the break.

Writing down your tasks always helps

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Once you’ve acknowledged that you’re going through a productivity slump, organize your thoughts and tasks by jotting them down. This might sound like a conventional idea, but it can work like a charm! Having visibility of everything you’ve got on your plate will help you prioritize your tasks, and manage them better. Be sure to keep in mind that you don’t have to turn into a productivity ninja, and small wins are okay to start off with. You’ve got this and you can take things one day at a time!

Start with something you like doing

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If your tasks seem overwhelming, start with the ones that feel less like work, and more like self-care. Perhaps you could start by cleaning your room or clocking in a workout. We have some motivation tips here to help you get on your feet, as well as some fitness equipment you can rent, to help you switch your routine up a bit. We both know how a good workout sesh can give you the energy you need to pick up other tasks on your to-do list more easily.

Set realistic expectations

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It’s okay to say no to meetings or conversations that can be picked up at a later time. If making your workweek shorter by taking a day or two off might be something you could use, go ahead and do that. Keep your colleagues posted on your availability, so they’re not surprised by your bouts of absence.

Treat yourself

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At CasaOne, we love creating happy spaces and a cozy home with all your favorite things can really lift your mood. Light a scented candle, sink into a fluffy couch, and indulge in what makes you happy. Like Tom and Donna wisely say, go on and “Treat Yo Self!” For serious self-pampering, check out our go-to guide on creating a cozy home in the winter and discover the wonders of the hygge lifestyle.

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Just make sure you’re giving yourself some extra TLC this season. Cook yourself something decadent, reread your favorite book, or catch up on The Crown if that’s your thing. The pandemic has gone on long enough and a self-care routine can go a long way to help you find the new you this new year!

We truly hope the tips we’ve outlined help you navigate this time better! Have a suggestion that’s worked wonders for you? Drop them in the comments below.
If the holiday blues are taking a toll on your mental health or on a loved one’s, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP for treatment facilities in your area.