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Life and Career: How to cope with those post-Holiday blues

Written By | Dec 26, 2015

WASHINGTON, Dec. 26, 2015 – After the year-end holidays and New Year’s Day celebrations it is not uncommon for people’s moods to droop. All the build-up to and excitement of the holidays—beginning with Thanksgiving, followed by the media blitz of those perfect Norman Rockwell holiday celebrations with family and friends along with the giving and receiving presents—bring people to an emotional peak due to their high level of anticipation.

But with all these the celebrations over, as they soon will be, we find ourselves back at work or in school, once again taking up our normal routines. After such an exciting outburst of enthusiasm, excitement and holiday spirit, it is not difficult to understand why some of us may suffer from a flagging spirit and mood.

So how do you cope with those post-holiday blues? Just in time for 2016, here are some tips for 2016 that will help.

But first and foremost, please, please, please do not set yourself up to have another year where you set optimistic goals and New Year’s resolutions during the final week of the year—typically goals having to do with diet and exercise—that end up lasting through January or February at most.

By March, you’ll likely find that you’ve reverted to the same old, same old. So be sure to be aware of your self-talk, of what you are really saying to yourself. Above all, be gentle with yourself .

Here is a place to begin:

Some Post-holiday Letdown is Expected

During the holiday season your adrenaline is pumping. Exciting things are going on. In fact, just a change in your normal routine can be exhilarating. But returning to the daily grind can be tough. Even so, once you re-establish your regular routine the letdown feeling will gradually pass. Notice any negative feeling you might be experiencing, and then shift to taking an action step to doing something productive. Stay connected to friends and family. You can get through this, and you will.

Focus on the Benefits of Post-Holiday Time

Hopefully, you are or will soon have a chance to rest, relax and feel rejuvenated. This can give you a fresh perspective on life as the new year approaches. That new perspective may include looking at your career, the relationships you are in, your health and other important topics.

Regarding your career, ask yourself: Are you happy with what you are doing? Are you ready for a change? And if you are ready for a change, what steps do you need to take to make that happen?

What about the relationships you are in? Are they satisfying? Do you want to deepen or lessen the involvements you currently have? Consider whether each relationship is depleting you or energizing you.

How is your health and how effective is your self-care? Are you being vigilant and forward-looking by leading a healthy lifestyle, including exercise and eating healthy? If not, are you willing to take a look at this?

Set Values-Driven Goals with Accountability

When I work with clients, I have them attach one of their values to a goal we set so that it has meaning and purpose to them, and so they are making healthy choices.

For example, a client of mine told me that health is a high value. I asked him how practicing good health shows up in his life? He said that it does so in his regular scheduling of working out three or four times a week and eating healthy food in moderation. In this way he hopes to live longer and be there for his family for many years to come.

By putting a high value on good health and demonstrating this in his food choices and regular exercise routine, he will reach his goal to lose 15 pounds and feel and look better, and that’s because the reason he is doing it has real meaning for him.

Plan Activities

Don’t delay. Make plans to enjoy the year ahead. Meet a friend for coffee, a movie, a workout or whatever interests you. Plan a date-night, try a new activity…keep the holiday excitement going.

Practice Positive Self-Talk

Coming from a positive, productive mindset is key. The latest scientific research proves we can shift our thinking at any stage in life. The first step is to be aware of your inner dialogue or what you are saying to yourself. What can be more important than that? What we say to ourselves affects the relationships we are in and the careers we choose. Focus on what is working in your life.

Have an amazing 2016!!

For more Information Contact:

Susan Commander Samakow, PCC, CPCC

Certified Business, Life & Leadership Coach, Focusing on Confidence & Resilience Strategies, Life & Career Transition, & Business & Leadership

Certified Mediator

For more information on positive self-talk strategies and resiliency techniques, contact Susan:

Twitter: @SelfTalkCoach

301-706-7226 & 703-574-0039!/susan.samakow

Ask Susan about her coaching packages and the Stress Reducing techniques she teaches: EFT (Tapping) and Breathing Exercises.


Susan Samakow

Susan Commander Samakow, PCC, is a Certified Business, Life and Leadership Coach. Susan focuses on life and career transition, business and leadership, and confidence and resilience strategies. Susan is also a speaker and facilitator, as well as a Community Content Producer for WUSA 9 TV. She is the former president of the ICF Metro DC Chapter, the largest in North America. Susan’s clients are individuals, any size business and the government. Visit Susan’s website: Susan is on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In.