5 Methods to Break the Post Christmas Blues

About this time every year folk start to put plenty of hopes into the approaching Christmas season, thinking it’ll bring them the joy that’s missing in their lives. When Yuletide does arrive and fails to meet expectations, the post Christmas blues become rather common. The sadist part is that right after Christmas is when the suicide rate goes up.

So what’s the easiest way to break the post Christmas blues? Prior to starting thinking, well I don’t need to be concerned about that, just remember back because if you are like many of us, you have experienced at least some unhappiness at Christmas time. The build up toward Yuletide is far larger than the day can deliver. I saw Christmas lights up this year before Thanksgiving. There’s all of the Christmas music, the bustle, shopping for presents and the plans for a large family gathering, with a lot of food to prepare.

Usually by the time Yuletide does arrive, we are plenty prepared for things to get back to basics. Doubtless though the most terrible mistake is expecting too much from one day on the calendar. The truth of the affair is if we are not content with the 364 other days on the calendar, we are not certain to experience any change on the 365th day either, counting Xmas as day 365.

I do not mean to take away from the significance of what Xmas stands for and that is the birth of the savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. But that is now not the major thrust of Christmas. Today it seems that the stress has turned to drinking, parties and spending a load more money than can be afforded.

So here are 5 ways to break the post Christmas blues:

Lower your expectancies and raise your benevolent involvement:

Lower your expectancies of what Yuletide will do for you and raise your inclusion in helping the less fortunate. There are many strategies to do that. If you’re a part of a church, they will give you a lot of opportunities to help the needy at Xmas. If you’re not connected with a church, the civic affiliations in your city are also involved in helping people. The Salvation Army always has its kettles at the local merchants.

Be involved in the get-together of friends:

The get-together at Yuletide time could be a lot of fun, but I would also caution you about the wild parties where there’s a lot of drinking because that will add to your trouble following Yuletide. Almost all of the Yuletide gatherings I’ve attended in the past have been the Biblical studies group I'm a part of or friends and family; they have added plenty of joy and fun to the season. Just planning a gathering of your best friends, or perhaps folks from work, in your home is also a great idea. When you do join these get-togethers, take the chance to relax, have a good time and be sure to join in and giggle a lot and add to the enjoying of others.

Plan a reasonable spending budget:

Unless you are like the imperial family of Dubai who took control of three million dollars to Great Britten with them to pay expenses and buy gifts, you'll need to plan well. The best rough rule is to pay cash for Christmas and avoid running up your credit cards, which may possibly make the New Year not so happy, when it comes time to try and pay it all back. I suspect that charging too much on visa cards is one of the most depressing features of Xmas and one that might be evaded with a little care.

Continue to look after yourself:

Too much parting, too much drinking and too much eating are all good paths to create yourself a good case of post Christmas blues. Together with this is letting go of exercise and not getting enough rest and sleep. Traffic fatalities also increase around the holidays as more folks drink alcohol and drive. While there isn’t anything we are able to do personally about that, apart from not being one of those that drink alcohol then drive, we will be able to plan our trips to bypass the late evening rush that includes a lot of drunks. We can also continue an exercise programme, get our rest, enough sleep and eat inside reason.

Plan to make each day a special day:

While special days like Thanksgiving and Yuletide are important, they are in truth yet another day. Every day is a gift from God and should be special. But before it can be special, we must have the right attitude about it. As I write this, I am well aware of the problems that life brings, sometimes trouble at home, on the job or health issues. But still if you’re ready to have a roof over your head, put food on the table and have clothing to. Wear, you are among the top 10% of privileged people who live on this planet. On top of that if you have fairly good health you should leap with joy.

The reason for plenty of the blues we experience after Yuletide is a failure to be grateful for all God has done for us and continues to do everyday. It is a important point that almost anyone has enough concerns to give them the blues if they permit it to happen. But by the same rule, just about anybody has enough to be thankful for to be contented.


So this Yuletide season plan to just continue right thru the season being grateful and happy for the good things that you have in your life and do not let the negative pull you down. Enjoy the fun and laughs as pals gather. Enjoy your buddies and relatives and give up any expectancy that Christmas day as an important day will change anything. Instead , make it your concern to bring about your own change only 1 day at a time every day across the year.

Find out how to have a liaison with God who is the author of every day and discover the difference it can make in all the days of your life as he brings about a brand new way of living that includes a peace that passes all understanding.

Jimmie Burroughs has been concerned in teaching Christian Personal Development off and on for at least 30 years. He is a dedicated believer in Jesus Christ and considers helping others his calling in life. His website contains many articles on preparing yourself for success thru personal development.

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