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10 Ways to Beat the After-Christmas Blues

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  • Susan Dunn, The EQ Coach
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      TITLE: 10 Ways to Beat the After-Christmas Blues
      AUTHOR: Susan Dunn, MA, certified Emotional Intelligence
      Coach
      WORD COUNT: 448
      WRAP: 60
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      "10 Ways to Beat the After-Christmas Blues,"
      by Susan Dunn, MA, certified Emotional Intelligence Coach

      Christmas is an emotional storm, and next comes Valentine's,
      so take a break. Move from emotion to thinking and action.

      1. Start planning a Valentine's Party, or Martin Luther King
      Party.

      If you were running a day late and a dollar behind
      for Christmas, learn from it. Budget and start sooner, but
      have the fun of another "party" on the horizon. NB:
      Planning is a cerebral activity, i.e., neocortex.

      2. Get active - add an extra hour to your daily workout.

      This creates physical energy, clears the mind, and flushes
      out toxic emotions.

      3. Clean your house til it shines, and do the work yourself.

      This is a tradition for New Year's in many cultures,
      symbolic of getting rid of bad stuff and making room for new
      stuff. Buy a special floor cleaning product. Sweep toward
      the doors, or vacuum, then remove the bag and carry it out
      to the garbage. Out! Out! Clean the furniture with
      something like Murphy's oil, a soap and water-based product,
      not oil. Then clean the floors with the special cleaning
      product.

      4. Clean the yard, shovel away dirty snow, clean the
      gutters, wash the windows, rake the leaves. It will be time
      to plant the daffodils and prune the roses before you know
      it.

      5. Take a vacation.

      Go somewhere warm like a cruise to the Caribbean. The sun
      will do wonders for an attitude adjustment, as well as SAD
      (Seasonal Affective Disorder). At home, get outside more, sit
      in the sunlight in your house for half an hour a day.

      6. Hunker down and last it out - read good books, curl up by
      the fire, sleep, don't fight it.

      It's a hibernating time anyway. Get massages. Take naps.

      7. Start a new project at work - it will give everyone a
      lift.

      Focus on thinking, not feeling.

      8. Kickstart your brain by taking a new course.

      If you're an extravert, go to community ed classes. If
      you're an introvert, enjoy yourself online and take
      teleclasses.

      9. Change your diet dramatically.

      Do a juice fast, or something very cleansing and
      healthy within the constraints of your physical condition.
      Get that sugar and alcohol out of your system and replace
      it with vitamins and minerals. Don't forget your vitamin C.
      If you live in a high-allergy area (like Texas), watch your
      diet - it's cumulative - the pollen PLUS what you eat PLUS
      mold and dust in your house. Get you're A/C ducts cleaned.

      10. Get rid of "stuff."

      Grab a garbage bag and fill it with stuff. Put the bags in
      the garage or barn. Then clean the garage or barn, and get
      rid of it all. (Nice to donate to charity of course).

      (If you are seriously depressed, see your physician.)

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