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How to Regain Your Focus After the Holidays, According to Psychologists

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11. Be mindful of the good times ahead

Remembering the good memories from the holidays, while also being mindful of the good times in the coming weeks, months, and in the new year can be helpful in beating the post-holiday blues, Sanford said. “I encourage clients to hold things loosely rather than cling to times gone by, enjoying them and knowing that there are more good times ahead.” Being stuck in the past makes a person less open to and appreciative of the next big thing that may come along.

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12. Consider a digital detox

“When you stop looking at everyone else’s highlight reel, you can really start thinking about the things that are important to you,” Taylor said. “What do you want for your life without comparison?” It can be a great experiment to write out your dreams in the morning before you’ve turned anything digital on and again after a day of scrolling, she suggested.

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12. Give yourself a ramp up period

“Maybe use a couple of days to figure out your new goals and professional expectations for this year,” Taylor said. “Let yourself slowly (but steadily) get back into your routine.” You can burn out if you try to jump back in too quickly, so take one task at a time and set a rhythm for yourself, she added.

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13. Exercise

“I regularly recommend exercise — and especially outdoor exercise if the weather permits,” Sanford said. It helps regulate levels of cortisol, the “stress” hormone, and adrenaline. “It can be very effective at getting our bodies and moods regulated again for countless reasons.”

Physically active people are also more productive and motivated in all areas of their lives, she noted. “You get more energy, and the same chemicals released from an antidepressant medication are released when you’re working out.”

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14. Go for a hike

Go for a hike, or take any trip that requires physical activity outdoors. “Every year my friends and I plan a hiking trip in a different part of the country, and it’s honestly one of the very best things I do for my mental health,” Enander said. “Getting outside and in touch with nature is a very grounding experience as it causes us to deal with life in a very visceral way that gets us out of the consumer-materialist mindset.”

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