As much as I love Christmas decorations — and, in particular, the ones in my house — the turnover to a new year has given me a case of the post-holiday blues.
Since after Halloween, our household has been immersed in Hallmark Christmas movies (yes, we have our favorites and we even watch them over and over again!) My little heart has been warmed for the last 70 days by the notion that Christmas is about love in its many different forms and expressions.
So, why do I feel blue? Is there any less love in the world? No, but like every liturgical season, we’ve returned to Ordinary time.
Instead of beating the blues, how about we try to add a little yellow and turn them into green–the green of the season, green for “go,” however you want to interpret it.
- Go for a brisk walk every morning or at lunchtime. Remember that life and love are filled with light. Plus a little natural vitamin D is good for you.
- Be gentle with your new year’s resolutions. Pick one and make Ash Wednesday your goal. Recent studies show that we are more successful at making a change if we have a limited and defined amount of time in which to accomplish it. That’s partly why Lenten resolutions work–40 days is manageable for most people.
- Start the day with a full glass of water. Most of us are dehydrated anyway–think of all of the coffee, a natural diuretic, that most of us drink. I personally hate drinking water from a glass, but I love my sports bottle, therefore I’m actually more motivated to drink my water. Strange, but true.
- Say “I love you” to someone at least once a day. In front of the mirror (try it!) To your spouse or children. In a text or over the phone. To a picture of a loved one. If you can, save an “I love you” for God, too.