It’s always hard to get back to a normal, everyday routine after the excitement of Christmas. No more parties, no more presents and no more festive food – just the long month of January waiting.
So it’s easy to feel the post-Christmas blues in the New Year. It’s cold, money is tight and everyone has to make the dreary trudge back to work and school.
Which is why I’m determined to beat the post-Christmas blues this year. And I’m going to teach you how to too.
Christmas is an extremely busy time of year, full of parties, nativity plays and family get-togethers. So when it’s all over your social calendar can seem rather empty and your normal life rather boring.
Which is why we’ll be making plans for the New Year this year.
Breaking out of our usual routine will be the perfect way to break the monotony of the New Year, so I’m already planning daytrips for our family to go on. And as soon as Haven’s campsites open in the spring, we’ll be going for a family weekend away in anticipation of the holiday season.
Getting active is also important. If you’re approaching your forties like me, you’ll know that the extra pounds you pile on at Christmas can be harder to shake off than when you’re younger.
But it’s also important for the kids to get active after Christmas when much of their time is spent sat in front of the telly, watching Christmas films and eating chocolate.
Nothing wrong with that at all – I love it – but exercise can put the whole family in a good mood and refresh you for a New Year at work and school.
So from January we’ll be walking to school, playing outside more and even going on more active holidays!
Do something fun
Nothing cheers you up like a bit of fun.
Sometimes it feels like there’s a severe lack of good times after Christmas, which is why you need to get pro-active in the fun stakes.
Take up a new hobby, have a film night watching comedy movies or have a weekend getaway somewhere you’ve never been.
We’ll be doing all three but I’m particularly looking forward to a weekend getaway as there’s nothing that breaks wintery monotony than a few days away!
Sort your finances out
One of the main causes of my post-Christmas blues is that my bank balance usually takes a hit.
But the New Year is the perfect time to make a resolution to get your finances in order instead of moping around wondering where all your money went.
One of the ways I’ll be doing that this year is by cutting back a little. For example, instead of going on a foreign holiday, we’ll save money by spending it in this country. And the earlier you book, the better chance you stand of getting a good deal so come January, We’ll be looking around for holiday deals at campsites in CornwallWe’ll have just as much fun and spend half as much money!
Finally, if you’re still feeling the post-Christmas blues after all that, maybe you should try altering your diet.
In our family we love to eat, but too much junk food makes us a bit sluggish.
When we go on holiday it’s always tempting to eat out but in the back of my mind I know it’s not the best thing for my family’s health.
So when we go and stay at Haven in the New Year, we’ll be going self-catering. There’s a supermarket on every park so stocking up on ingredients won’t be a problem and we’ll be able to have a healthy, hearty meal at the end of every day – boosting our moods and our appetites.
Have you got any more tips for beating the post-Christmas blues? I’d love to hear them!