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    Battling The Post Holiday Blues


    By: Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP


    The holidays are over and now it is time to get back to work. Time to embark on the resolutions we have made for ourselves. Most of us are filled with joy and happiness over the holiday season. Sure there is some stress too. But, now when all is past, many feel the adrenaline wearing off as the bills come in and the weather chills off. So, how can we fight from feeling the post-holiday blues?

    1. Don’t make resolutions, make changes. Try to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Don’t say I will start my diet January 1st. Rather, try to eat more fruits and vegetables and less “junk” food. Drastic changes never last.


    2. Look at the holiday bills and use it as a lesson learned. If you overspent, use it to set a budget for the next holiday. And stick to it.


    3. Stay connected with family that you haven’t seen for long times. These don’t need to be personal visits. Text, skype, tweet….whatever it takes not to disconnect from people that you love.


    4 If you decided to start exercise, do so gradually. Nothing like going at it all gung ho just to suffer an injury and have to stop.


    5. Find time to laugh. Tell a joke, make someone smile.

    6. Find a new hobby. Take time just for yourself doing something that you enjoy doing.


    7. If you’ve been meaning to see your doctor for a check up, flu shot or whatever, schedule the appointment. Start the new year off healthy. Many diseases can be prevented or minimized early in their courses.


    8. Stand up for yourself. Stop letting others tell you what is the right thing that you are supposed to be doing. You are the only one who knows what is right for you.


    9. Take time to help someone else. We all get more generous during the holidays. The needy, however, stay needy all year round. Help maintain the joy of giving all year.


    10. Make today the day you are going to do it. All the plans you have to change your life, to succeed, to achieve your dreams are never going to happen unless you just go after it. Stop procrastinating.


    While many are fighting off the post- holiday blues, you don’t have to be one of them. Let today be the day you make the changes to bring lasting joy and success into your lives. And stay healthy.

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