Like a deflated balloon dragging behind a child, many meet the post-holiday months feeling lifeless and without the sense of purpose, they had just days before.
October through December homes fill with a bustle of activity. Decorating. Shopping. Baking. Cooking. Wrapping. Party-planning. Gift-giving. Visiting. Hosting. School and work events. Social calendars make even the most introverted look like social butterflies with bullhorns. These social calendars give us moments that lift us up and moments that reminded us why family isn’t always defined by the branches on a family tree. Anticipation. Planning. Excitement. Stress. Joy. Disappointment. Responsibility. The list of words associated with the holidays go on-and-on.
So what happens after the needles start falling from the once scent-filled, luscious Christmas tree and the holiday decorations that were so important to you weeks before now look like one more thing you need to take care of and put away in your already exhausting day?
For one, January arrives. There’s no way around it. The holidays will end and within weeks those living in colder climates are forced to hibernate. The cold winter months make outside activities undesirable. The long, dark nights encourage sleep to call our name sooner.