Has the holiday season ever left you with the blues? As the holiday season comes to a close this year, keep in mind that that it doesn't necessarily mean your stress will disappear too. Research has shown that depression, stress management, family relationships, suicide and personal finance spike in January.  

How to fight off the post-holiday blues

Has the holiday season ever left you with the blues? As the holiday season comes to a close this year, keep in mind that that it doesn't necessarily mean your stress will disappear too. Research has shown that depression, stress management, family relationships, suicide and personal finance spike in January. 

Problems related to post-holiday blues take a serious toll on employee productivity. The good news is that there are effective ways to control the negative impact. Ceridian encourages employees to consider the following practical tips to combat post-holiday blues and stress throughout the year: 

  • Laugh: Humor is a powerful release.
  • Shout: Shout to yourself or out loud when alone.
  • Exercise: Sweat it out.
  • Play: Spend time with your kids and play a board or video game.
  • Cry: This is a natural release. Let it happen.
  • Work: Do physical work. Chop wood, shovel or clean the house.
  • Turn off: Shut down your e-mail indicator and the phone.
  • Stretch: Relieve the tension in your muscles.
  • Sleep: Take a nap or go to bed early. Being overtired can amplify stress.
  • Call: Phone a friend or family member.
  • Seek help: Don't be afraid to seek professional counseling when things get overwhelming.

As you navigate through this holiday season, be aware that as the thermometer drops, the blues-o-meter skyrockets.