Recovering Emotionally After The Holidays

Recovering Emotionally After The Holidays January 7, 2024

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Recovering Emotionally After The Holidays

Recovering ” Emotionally After the Holidays” can be a challenging experience, but remember that taking time for yourself is okay. Allow yourself to feel your emotions and process them in a healthy way. Remember to practice self-care and reach out for support when needed. You can overcome any post-holiday blues and move forward with a positive mindset.

Spending time with family can sometimes be overwhelming and throw us off-kilter for a while. The holidays can be emotional and difficult to navigate for many; you’re not alone. After the holidays, remember to spend some time taking care of yourself.

Gratitude and Reflection

You don’t have to please everyone. Take some time to reflect on how you spent your holiday and find something that brought you joy or peace. Focus on those things in your life. By focusing on the things that you enjoyed and meant a lot to you, you can diminish the challenges or obstacles you had to deal with during the holidays.

Perhaps you have a favorite relative that you were able to see. If you’re like most of us, you likely also have one or more relatives that you would rather avoid. Grab your gratitude journal and write about the good things that happened.


Did you attend a special holiday service with family members? Reflect on that if you were in attendance. If you pray, thank your higher power for your special time with your family. Meditate and read your favorite sacred texts or scriptures. Allow your beliefs to bathe you in comfort and peace.

Community Connections

Reach out to friends who share a similar faith or belief system as you do. Share your thoughts and feelings. Like-minded friends tend to be closer than other friendships. However, remember that all friendships have a place in our lives, so don’t neglect all of your friendships in favor of one. Great friendships are built by building on the foundation of your friendship.

Be Realistic

It’s normal to find both joy and stress in your holiday season. Accept that there will be ripples. It’s okay to have those ripples as long as you remember to put more focus on the positive things that happened to you over the holiday. Keep your expectations realistic. Everyone’s perspective is going to be different.

Self Care

Make self-care a priority as you plan out your holiday recovery. Spend some time in nature or your favorite hobby—practice mindfulness. Make sure you’re getting plenty of rest, staying hydrated, and eating a well-balanced diet.


Forgive those who have caused you any conflict or negative emotions over the holiday season. Give yourself grace and forgive yourself if you are mad at yourself. Focus on letting go of any resentments and let God. Allow yourself plenty of room for emotional healing. Remember, forgiveness doesn’t mean that you forget; it just allows you to heal. You don’t even have to talk to someone to forgive them.

Start Planning For The Next Holiday

Focus on the things that you enjoyed and that made you happy, and start planning for the next holiday season. Maybe you want to spend more time with certain family members and less time with others. By planning ahead, you can better enjoy your next holiday.

Seek Help

If you’re struggling with any of these things, remember it’s okay to seek help. Seeking help doesn’t mean you’re weak; it means you’re strong enough to know what you need to do to help yourself recover.

After the holidays, it’s not at all unusual to need some time to recover. You’ve spent time with family and perhaps some friends. You may have had to spend time with people or family members you don’t care for.

Plan some downtime for yourself after the big holiday season so that you can wind down and recover physically, mentally, and emotionally. You’ll thank yourself for this buffer zone.

About Elle Clark
Elle is a Pastor’s Daughter and has been writing for over three decades. She writes about youth mentoring, addiction recovery, parenting, senior advocacy, gardening and sustainability, and an eclectic mix of other topics. She resides in Northeastern Washington with her husband and children. You can read more about the author here. You can read more about the author here.

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