A new year has finally come, and 2023 promises lots of blessings and opportunities for everyone. Still, you might not be as optimistic about this new chapter in life as you expected. The past year has been rough, and it’s difficult to find happiness when all you can think about is rest and respite from all the responsibilities.
At Beaus+Babes, we get you. We’re parents, too, so we know how exhausting the holiday season can be. This time of year takes a lot of effort, energy, and — let’s be frank here — money to bring smiles to our children’s faces. There’s also the culture of new year's resolutions that further put undue pressure on us. We beat ourselves up whenever we’re unable to follow these new rules we impose upon ourselves.
Post-holiday Blues Is a Real Thing
If you’ve been feeling down and tired after the holidays, you’re not alone. Post-holiday blues is an actual thing that happens to many of us. This phenomenon could be caused by many factors, such as:
- Huge expenses for holiday shopping and gifts.
- Loss of the “holiday spirit” and return to normal life.
- Parting with friends or family after the holidays.
These factors, along with mental health issues, can really affect your mood and energy. Thankfully, there are ways to make things better.
What Can You Do?
The first thing is to be kind to yourself. You’ve survived the rush of the holidays as a parent, and that’s an achievement in itself. Secondly, get support. Caring for children is not easy, so even just talking to a friend or family member to voice your frustrations can be immensely relieving.
Finally, don’t be afraid to treat yourself. Get a babysitter. Take a walk and get some fresh air. Make time for something you truly enjoy. These little things will help alleviate your mood so you can conquer the rest of the year, one day at a time!