5 Remedies for Post-Holiday Blahs

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

– Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, Book 1, Chapter 1
Those lines always express my own ambivalence about the holiday season. It is hectic, festive, de-stabilizing and once it ends, there is a feeling of being letdown as the new year starts. Similar to returning from an exhilarating vacation. Now, what?

The ebb and flow of my daily routines hardly seem adequate. But it may be exactly what I need. Otherwise, how could I appreciate the difference? But, the temptation to spice up my humdrum everyday life by filling every moment with activity, interactions or entertainment is great.

And yet, it is the opposite that leaves me space to recognize the wealth and beauty of every moment of life I am given. So, I go back to five basics to keep me awake.