The holidays are over, and you may find yourself left in a mood that is thankful but somewhat stressed from greeting relatives, cleaning up mountains of wrapping paper and finding places for all the new goodies. It doesn’t seem right to just pack up the holiday cheer with the Christmas decorations and store it in the attic for another year. But how can you keep the holiday spirit going? Glad you asked! Keep reading for some great post-holiday tips that will keep you and your family in the spirit!
Smile. First and foremost, SMILE! It often seems that everyone is stressed this time of year, and a simple smile can go a long way toward relieving someone’s stress. A smile can be a needed reminder that things aren’t that bad and a source of encouragement. And smiles are highly contagious!
Donate. The need in your community won’t go away once the holidays end. Whether it is time, money or goods, donating always lifts your spirits! Have the kids gather up toys to donate to a local shelter or hospital. Visit your local animal shelter and volunteer to love on those fur babies (that makes EVERYONE happy!). Serve food at a food bank, volunteer at a school or make cards for the nursing home… the possibilities are endless! This is a two way street because not only do you get the satisfaction of making a difference, but you may also make a difference in someone else’s life!
Share. After the tons of holiday goodies you consumed (and the never-ending leftovers), you may not even want to think about food. But an edible treat is a fun and simple way to share warm thoughts. Too often after the holidays, everyone gets caught back up in the rush of daily life and the feelings of good will are not forgotten, perhaps, but relegated to a “to do later list.” Since depression tends to rise after the holidays, it is the perfect time to share some love. And food is a great way to do that. Whether you share homemade cookies with a neighbor or send scrumptious brownies to a friend miles away, the love you share will make them taste even better.