Ahhh…the holiday season, who doesn’t love it? The decorations, lights, food and gifts.  Not to mention quality family time. What’s not to love?

This time of year brings happiness and holiday cheer to many, but as quickly as the season begins, it ends. We’ve finished Thanksgiving and Christmas and some may be reeling from the guilt that usually ensues afterwards.

Guilt? Yes. Guilt.

The magical holiday season is almost over and some feel guilty. Credit cards have been maxed out from all of the shopping and waistbands have expanded from the endless food buffet available from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

You can get back on track for the remainder of 2013 so you don’t go into the New Year with feelings of guilt. Here are a few steps that can help you beat the Post Holiday Blues:

  1. Acknowledge. Acknowledgement is the first step to change. Acknowledge you’ve over done it this holiday season by overspending or overeating and you are willing to make a change for the New Year.
  2. Plan. Make a plan for the upcoming year. Your plan may include living a more healthy lifestyle or saving more money. What ever you decide to work on put it in writing to keep yourself accountable. Figure out how you will reach your goals and make a game plan. Remember the old adage, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
  3. Action. After the first two steps are in place you are ready for action! Set your plan in motion. Don’t get discouraged if you make mistakes along the way, just pick yourself up and continue where you left off. Keep pushing forward and the changes you have set in place will become easier as time goes on.
See also
Inclusion, Part 2: Changing the Culture

Use these steps to get back to your normal self and beat the Post Holiday Blues!

In addition to working as a RN, Nachole Johnson is a freelance copywriter and an author with her first book, You’re a Nurse and Want to Start Your Own Business? The Complete Guide, available on Amazon. Visit her ReNursing blog at http://renursing.wordpress.com


Nachole Johnson, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
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