Christmas is over. Just as I do every year, I feel the turn of the new year as giant letdown. Decorations are down. I’ve caught up on sleep lost to the stress and festivities of the holidays. The sky is gray, my calendar is blank. Long boring weeks stretch ahead until spring. What now?
This year I have put a lot of thought into this recurring dilemma and have decided to put the cliché New Year’s Resolution to good use. This year I have a plan to avoid my annual Post Holiday Blues.
Step One – Buy fancy weekly planner. I put lots of time and effort into planning each holiday season. This year I will put just as much time and effort into planning the weeks between now and that first thaw of the ground – spring gardening season.
Step Two – Brainstorming session. I will make a list of the guilty pleasures, big and small, that I enjoy but rarely take time for. This list will include things like the weekly TV series I enjoy but often miss, the monthly pedicure I always promise myself, even a reminder to change my bed sheets every single Sunday (nothing feels better than slipping between fresh, crisp sheets!) I will review the ‘Happenings’ section of my local newspaper and select at least three events I would like to attend. An upcoming art show, a wine tasting, and a community yard sale would do nicely.
Step Three – Update my new planner. When I begin to enter the events and treats from my list into the blocks on the calendar, those long empty weeks stretching ahead until spring … shouldn’t seem quite so desolate anymore. I am beginning to feel the slightest twinge of excitement, anticipation, just thinking about it.
Step Four – Prepare. Each Sunday evening I will review my planner, making lists and notes of the things I will need to do to prepare for the events (however small they may be) penciled in for that week – pick up popcorn and my favorite herbal tea for TV night, shave my legs the night before pedicure, plan my outfit for an evening listening to live music … whatever the need may be.
Step Five – Cross off the days. This is perhaps the most important step in my Blues Busting Resolution plan. Just as I counted down the days and tracked my accomplishments leading up to and during the holidays, I will cross off the days as I complete them now too. This will give a visual disclaimer against the feeling of time standing still, of nothing exciting happening, of total sloth and boredom in the winter months until spring. This should bust the blues.
Wish me luck!