You’re Not Alone If You Feel Down At The Start Of The Year

Every year, people across the globe turn to the holiday season as a way to escape stress and enjoy family time. Unfortunately, after the holidays are over, many people feel a sense of sadness and fatigue as they return to their everyday lives.

In fact, according to a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, nearly half of Americans feel more fatigued after the holidays than before them.

So if you are feeling down after the holidays have passed and are looking for ways to cope with your post-holiday blues, read on for helpful tips.

Common Symptoms and Causes of Post-Holiday Blues

Post-holiday blues can present itself in various forms such as feeling fatigued or irritable all the time, difficulty concentrating or sleeping soundly, sudden change in appetite or weight gain/loss, loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed, and feelings of hopelessness or guilt.

The holiday season is filled with excitement and joy for many people, but it can also be a huge source of stress. From planning holiday parties and buying gifts to juggling work deadlines and family obligations, it’s no wonder why so many people experience post-holiday blues when January rolls around.



Put A Priority On Your Mental Health In The New Year

The new year brings with it a sense of renewal and fresh starts. As we look to the future, it’s important to remember that taking care of our mental wellbeing is just as important as physical health.

Mental health affects many aspects of our lives, from how we interact with family and friends to how we perform at work or school. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure your mental health stays strong in 2023.

The Benefits of Mental Wellbeing

Mental wellbeing is defined as “a positive state of mind that enables an individual to enjoy life and deal with its challenges,



Make The Most Out Of Difficult Family Holidays

The holidays are often a time of joy and celebration, but for some families, the holidays can be difficult due to distance apart, possibly a recent death in the family, lingering tension between family, as well as the argument that everyone knows is going to happen at some point during the party.

Even if your family is facing these challenges, though, there are still ways to stay connected and festive during the holiday season. Read on to learn more about how you can make the most out of a difficult holiday season!



What Are You Thankful For This Holiday Season?

The holiday season is a time for giving thanks and celebrating with family and friends. For many people, it is also a time for reflection and introspection. This year, why not make it a goal to be more thankful for the good things in your life?

Studies have shown that being thankful has many benefits for both your physical and mental health. Gratitude can help you feel happier and more positive, reduce stress and anxiety, improve your sleep quality, boost your immune system,



Holiday Goodies: Plan Ahead & Leave the Guilt at the Door

The holiday season summons two traditions that are better left alone: overconsumption and then guilt about that consumption.

Reign in Your Feasting & Toss the Guilt Out the Window.

Yes, your grandmother’s annual gingerbread cookies smell like Christmas and taste like heaven. Of course, your mother makes the perfect holiday sugar cookie and caramel apple pie. Never would you pass up Aunt Diane’s frozen apricot brandy slushies, Aunt Kathy’s homemade buckeyes, or Aunt Maryann’s triple-layer cookie bars.

An avalanche of health-chokehold-situations goes hand-in-hand with the holidays.


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Buddy the Elf: Positivity Beacon & Holiday Blues Deterrent

Summon your positive energy and display your most festive holiday cheer because December 18th is Answer the Telephone Like Buddy the Elf Day. The movie Elf follows the life of Buddy, a human raised by elves, who believes the human spirit is more powerful than the sharpness of people’s tongues and jaded hearts. He’s an unsuspecting hero in a time when money and status rule, creating a domino effect that changes lives for the better and hearts forever.

Mental Health Issues & … Continued


Don’t Let Holiday Parties Be a “Hell, No!” For Your Health

Family parties. 
New Year’s Eve celebrations. 
Elevating your spirit in the name of holiday cheer. 

There are countless opportunities during the holiday season to indulge, but what internally happens when you cave into external stimuli? Excessive bubbly. Avalanches of sugar, fat, and sodium. It’s safe to say that the holidays bring the most health obstacles per square mile of your year. 

It’s Not a Treat; It’s Your Lifestyle 

Dr. Holly Wyatt, medical director for seasons four and five of ABC’s TV show Extreme Weight Loss,



FEAST, FORGIVE, REFOCUS Strategize a Guilt-Free Holiday Season

‘Twas the day after Thanksgiving, when all through my body, not a nutrient or vitamin sat, 
not even a natural sugar or nutritious healthy fat.
The sweats were pulled from the drawer with haste, 
with prayers that my newly ill-fitting buttoned pants represented a temporary mistake. 
The pies were foiled and put in the fridge, 
plotting their sugary attack with their perfectly formed pastry ridge.
And hubby in his recliner, and I on my chaise lounge, 
began to mentally wrestle with the amount of food consumed for which none we had to scrounge.



Slip on Your Holiday Armor: Combatting Post-Holiday Depression is a Battle You Can Win

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.



Thanksgiving and Theaters and Pepe Le Pew, Oh My!


There’s no other way to explain the rewiring of our thoughts and beliefs simply because one toe crosses the threshold of a movie theater. Our understanding of the intense benefits of proper nutrition (clear skin, shiny hair, high energy, great sleep, etc.) is no match for our conditioned response to the cinema on the big screen. And this response, for many, will be challenged within weeks from reading this piece. 

“Thanksgiving is the five biggest days of the year as far as the box office is concerned,” according to a former president of worldwide theatrical advertising and publicity for Warner Brothers,