Woman wrapping Christmas presents, looking exhausted.

After months of planning for all of the excitement of Christmas Day, today is the day that we realize all the fun has come and gone and many of us have to start thinking about the piles of work waiting for us when we return to our daily grind.

The day after Christmas is notorious for being the launching point for post-holiday depression. After all of that work, you might find yourself wondering if it was all really worth it. Did they really like those gifts? Who is going to clean up all this junk everywhere? What the hell was Aunt Peggy wearing?

One of the best ways to fight off the inevitable depression that can follow a major holiday is to focus on staying positive and moving forward. With that in mind, here are five activities you can do this weekend to help avoid sitting around dwelling on the fact that Christmas is over.

Exchange the Gifts You Didn’t Want

If your family is anything like mine, pretty much everything you received came with a gift receipt attached. And if it’s not something that you really wanted, you can take is back for those magical two words: Store Credit!

Trading in gifts that don’t fit your style for ones that you really want seems to be very theraputic, and you end up with some cool stuff. And keep in mind that the longer those exchanges sit around the house, the less likely you are to every actually exchange them!

Start Spending Those Gift Cards

Many of our family members and friends have actually given up on the idea of “gifts” altogether and instead simply pass out gift cards to our favorite stores.

If you left Christmas dinner with a stack of gift cards, head out this weekend and put them to work. Just like with exchanges, the longer you wait, the less likely you are to ever use them.

Take Down the Christmas Lights

My family tradition has always been to leave up the outside Christmas lights until after New Years, but the weather this year is making me think twice about that.

It’s going to be about twice as warm this weekend as it is next weekend. So if you are one of those people who hates messing around with pulling those lights off the bushes and gutters in the freezing cold, knock that off your list this weekend and then thank me next weekend.

Clean Up the House

Your house probably looks a lot like a Christmas bomb exploded inside this week. Mine sure does. Everything from gifts we recieved to boxes and wrapping paper seems to be located in every nook and cranny throughout the house.

This Christmas disaster can be almost debilitating, but it isn’t going to get any better until you start cleaning it up…so you might as well get to work. Every little bit of progress that you make is sure to have you feeling a little better about moving forward into 2016.

Start Working on Your Resolutions

Speaking of 2018, it’s right around the corner and we need to start getting ready for that!

Do you have any New Years Resolutions that you are planning to commit to this year? If not, it’s time to start thinking about what goals you would like to accomplish in the coming year.

Start writing a list and then break down how you plan to accomplish those goals. This type of positive thinking is a great way to counter any sad thoughts about the holidays comnig to an end.

The holidays might be over, but that doesn’t mean that we have to be depressed about it. They’ll be back again next year. In the meantime, keep yourself busy and enjoy the time you have to spend with friends and family!

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Andrew is a professional freelance writer and lifelong resident of Beaver County. He created Your Beaver County to promote and showcase all of the positive aspects of our incredible local culture! You can find more of Andrew’s professional information at Brooklyn Content, or you can also follow him on his personal twitter account, @theAndrewSelby.