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5 Ways to Tackle the After-Christmas Letdown

by Lindsay Cuomo

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The holidays are over and you might be thinking now what? Here are some inspiring ideas to combat that after-Christmas letdown feeling and keep your family feeling their best as we transition into the new year.

Embrace the slower pace

The holiday race is over and it’s time to give yourself and your family some much-needed downtime. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Plan a game night or stream a childhood classic at home. Replace your holiday décor with handmade crafts you create together.

Add a little Danish Hygge to your home

Don’t let the winter doldrums settle in. Instead, focus on the coziness of the season. Hygge (pronounced: hoo-gah) is a Danish word that is loosely defined as a way of living that creates warmth inside the home. Bring a little Scandinavian culture into your home with a few tips from creators of Cohesive Home, Kate Saffle and Melissa Risenhoover.

Get some fresh air

Don’t let the chill keep you locked inside. Bundle up and take a stroll around your favorite park or just around the block. If you are looking to be a bit more ambitious you could set your sights on an upcoming 5K or other fitness event and train together. Here are six creative ways to stay active during the colder months, plus tips for winter hiking!

Pay it forward

One of the best ways to improve your mood is to do something kind for others. Donate to your favorite charity, fill up the shelves of a Pine Pantry, pick up trash at your local park or send a note to someone you know who could use an encouraging word. There are plenty of ways to give back!

Utilize some tried-and-true mood lifters

Local family therapist Joshua Nichols and his wife Jan share their best advice to ward off the post-holiday blues.

For even more inspiring ideas and inspiration for family fun, check out our list of activities during winter break. Don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletters to get all of our best resources delivered right to your inbox.

About the author: Born and raised in the Oklahoma City metro and a graduate of the Gaylord College of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma, Lindsay Cuomo has worked for MetroFamily since 2014 covering local stories, people and events. Lindsay is a mom to three school-aged boys and calls Moore, Oklahoma home.

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