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I gotta tell you, I love the holidays. I really do. It’s so much fun to see the kids opening their gifts, and I love spending time with the extended families and catching up with everyone.

All that fun (and gift wrapping…and travel…and cooking…etc) can be exhausting and can certainly throw one off track. I know that I have found myself out of my routine and feeling blocked for the last couple of days, so I thought it would be a good idea to figure out how to get focused again.

Whether you’re struggling with post-holiday let down, or just general scattered-ness (like me), finding one’s groove again is a pretty common challenge after the holidays. That said, allow me to offer a few suggestions to help you (and me) get back on track!

1. Do your affirmations. Whether you have a daily set or you just affirm as needed, get back into the groove of it. Maybe add one to your list like this: “I am grounded, centered, and focused.”

2. Meditate. I found this little technique online (here). It’s particularly simple and quite helpful:

Four-Corner Breathing How-To

1. Find an object nearby that has four corners — a box, your monitor, or even this page.

2. Start at the upper-left-hand corner and inhale for 4 counts.

3. Turn your gaze to the upper-right-hand corner and hold your breath for 4 counts.

4. Move to the lower-right-hand corner. Exhale for 4.

5. Now shift your attention to the lower-left-hand corner. Tell yourself to relax and smile. Repeat 3 to 5 times, or as often as you like.

3. Get off your butt. Thaaat’s right, I said it. Get some exercise, get your blood flowing. You don’t have to make yourself sore, just move your body a little. Take a walk, dance with your kids, whatever. It will perk you right up.

4. Clean something. De-holiday your house, or just dust the knick-knacks. Whatever works for you. Sometimes cleaning up around the house seems to translate into cleaning up the clutter in your head. At least it does for me.

5. Just do it. You know, like those Nike people always say. Try going through the motions a little. For example, if you’re…say… a freelance writer (like me), you could…I don’t know…write a blog about ways to get focused again. I’m just saying, it might help. 🙂 Blog about it, journal about it…draw a picture…whatever gets you going.

6. Think happy thoughts, happy thoughts. My final tip of the day is to keep your chin up. Don’t let life overwhelm you. Take it one step at a time, and remember that everything will be okay, even if it takes you another day or two to get your groove back. Keep an eye on your perspective, and if you find yourself feeling stressed, start counting your blessings. Remembering the good things we have and feeling grateful for them is one way to stay focused on the best parts of our lives, which invites more good.

So my challenge to you today is simple. Get back on track, whatever that means for you, and remember to keep smiling!

Do you find yourself struggling to regain focus after the holidays? How do you handle it? Will that change this year? Share your thoughts in the comments section, below!

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13 Responses to Post-Holiday Funk: How to Re-Focus

  1. Those are great post-holiday tips! I have been cleaning all weekend!

  2. i love these…especially the Clean Something..i always feel invigorated…!

    shhh don’t tell the hubby 🙂 lol

  3. Thanks for the advice. I’m completely a space case because of the holidays. LOL!!! This advice will help. Hope you had a great Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

  4. Hoping you had a happy holiday and wishing you happy new year. Good suggestions.

  5. I need to get back in the groove so I am going to take your advice and just do it. I need to try meditating again.

  6. Great tips for getting back into the groove of things!! The excitement and all the activities of the holidays can definitely drain your battery and have you less focused. LOL
    One thing I did today, which was rejuvenating was take some “ME” time. I took a long bath and just relaxed. During the holidays, we sometimes forget to do that. It cleared my head and now I feel more focused.
    Thanks for another Awesome post! Wishing you and your family another blessed New Year!!

    Many Blessings….Roxanne
    ~ Believe Achieve ~

  7. Ooh I just loved the four corners thing. That is something I can definately use, thanks for posting this. Happy new year!

  8. Yay! -). Angela, my bf is a Pisces Bunny just like u! It’ll be nice to start reading more of ur blog, especially since its geared towards getting to the better me. Thanks for all your helpful tips ~~!

  9. Hi, Angie, A very very happy new year.. i just spent a whole week cleaning my cloths and house after returning from a long vacation.. its hard to manage work during this time.. nice tips :).. you can add me once more to your followers list.. i just happened to change my blogs url.. so, please visit my blog and follow it once more.. Thanks.. 🙂

  10. Love the post holiday tips, going to actually try a couple because I am not flowing at all.

  11. Hi, I’m not sure how I came to your blog, but I’m really glad that I did 🙂

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