Be Proactive to Beat the Post-Holiday “Blues” (Part 1)

By , November 20, 2017

Several years ago, I wrote a long article with personal recommendations for beating the “post holiday blues.” The Website the article appeared on has since folded. It’s time to reclaim this work, and, since I recommend starting before the holidays to avoid feeling bad after the holidays, I should put this out there ahead of the coming Christmas season for your consideration. It’ll be in two parts. I’m adding links to related blog posts on the subject from past years.

A song of the season says it all: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” For most of us, the holidays are an annual high point; so naturally, it’s all downhill from there! No wonder so many people experience post-holiday blues.

This natural response to the end of the holidays can be lessened or even eliminated. Here are a few suggestions for how to do that:

A key to avoiding post-holiday blues is to find something to look forward to after the holidays. To do this, it helps to clearly define the dates of your holiday, then devote your time and attention to the holiday season within those dates, excluding everyday pursuits and cares as much as possible. Gradually starting and ending your celebration can often contribute to feelings of let down.

weary Santa ornament

Even Santa can feel run down during the holidays! (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

The span of the holiday season is wonderfully elastic. Depending on personal or family preference, one can choose the beginning and ending dates of the season based on a variety of factors.

Retailers would be pleased if you started before Thanksgiving; many people use that day to start their holidays. Others wait until Christmas Eve. (see Feeling Holidaisical: Christmas Comes to the Zeiger Family Homestead.)

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NIMBY

By , November 17, 2017

Today, my comments on the proposed University of Alaska Timber Sale on our peninsula will get mailed.

I have written some difficult letters in my life, but this one may have been the hardest.

I had to ultimately answer this question: how does one who has chosen quality of life over quantity of goods and funds sway the opinions of those who choose the opposite? It seems the University’s Board of Regents has one primary responsibility, which is to make money for the University of Alaska. When you know the price of everything, what do you care for those who value other than material wealth?

sunlight through trees

Sunlight through our homestead trees (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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