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Five tips to beat the post holiday blues

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You’ve had a fantastic few weeks break and now you find yourself back in the same ho hum day to day life. Julian Pace, Founder and CEO of Happiness Co, shares his five tips to beat the post holiday blues.

You swore last year that all of this would change, that 2020 would be your year to shine. It all seemed so possible when you were completely relaxed, enjoying the sun, your favourite drink in your hand, surrounded by people you love.

But now all that laughter, sunshine and dreams seem to float off in the distant past.  Now your alarm wakes you and you hit snooze many times before you roll out of bed and drag off to work all the time thinking, there has to be a better way…

Does this sound like you?  If any of this resonates with how you are feeling right now, then read on and I will share with you the strategies I use to live my very best life.  A life full of love, joy and gratitude, a life that brings a smile to my face every day.

Here are the five tips to beat the holiday blues

*Morning rituals, routines or habits

  • As humans we thrive when we have clarity and a plan
  • Our daily habits represent the people we become, the people we spend our time with, the books we read, the programs we watch.
  • Our daily choices either take us towards the people we want to be or push us further away from that person

Take some time to think about the areas of your life that are planned out and how simple it becomes to function, it becomes habit, that is why we so easily fall back into the same old routines we had prior to our holiday break.  It is said that it takes 21 Days to form a habit.  

Start with small changes, perhaps not hitting snooze when your alarm goes off, this can be done easily by leaving the device your alarm is set on away from your bed so you physically have to “get up” to turn it off.

Write down a plan of how you would like to start your day, a 10-15 minute routine can set you up for a powerful day.  Some examples you could use to start your day on a positive note would be:-

  • voice your gratitudes
  • practice some deep breathing
  • close your eyes and visualise yourself moving through the day with ease
  • meditation
  • yoga / exercise
  • big glass of water

*Happiness, Goal Setting and Intentions

I am sure you’ve heard of goal-setting around what you want to achieve, this is a great strategy but even better is including focus on how you want to feel. Our emotions matter, when we feel good we take better action, we communicate better and we are more positive.

When we are in this space our goals are much easier to achieve.

  • Takes some time to think about your goals and write them down.
  • Look at each goal, close your eyes and focus on how you want to feel when you achieve, base the feelings on the person you want to be, not the materials things you have.
  • Do this regularly paying particular attention to the following emotions

* Love

* Joy

* Peace

* Enthusiasm

* Happiness

* Optimism

* Hopefulness

* Playfulness

* Fun

*Kindness and Complaining

On average we have 60,000 thoughts per day.  This challenge is for you to focus on how many of those thoughts are negative, eg complaining about you day to day happenings and how often you are thinking of how grateful you are for the things around you.  

Spend some time being very aware of your thoughts today, when you go to complain or whinge about something see if you can turn it around and be grateful.


This coffee is too cold I am so grateful for coffee

It is so cold and wet today I am so grateful this downpour is replenishing the earth

The traffic is so bad I am so grateful for transport

Perhaps you could even keep a tally in the notes on your phone or on a notepad, the results may surprise you.

*People Fast or Audit

“You become the average of the five people you spend the most time with”

Taking a look at the people you are spending your time with will often be a real eye opener for you.  Who are you when you are with certain people? Are you completely authentic? Do you put on a mask around some of your friends?  Can you be totally honest with these people?

If you have trouble with the answers to any of these questions, in regard to anyone you spend time with, then spend some time apart.  People fasting can help us decide whether the people in our lives are having a positive influence, this is when you can begin your audit.  If you find some of the people in your life are not impacting on you in a positive way then it is your choice whether or not they remain a part of your circle.

  • Make a list of the people you spend the most time with
  • Against each person on the list ask yourself the questions above
  • From your answers make a decision on whether each person is “good” for you

*Live the Way You Want to be Remembered

Your legacy is not something that comes after you have taken your final breath, you are living your legacy right now, in every situation with every decision you make, every person you encounter, every word you speak, every action you take is a testament to who you are.

Have you ever been to a funeral and heard the wonderful things people say about the person who has passed?

Would you prefer to hear those words of affirmation while you are still alive?

I am sure each and everyone one of you answered “YES”

By being present and making conscious decisions daily we can ensure we are living to our greatest potential.  Acting with kindness and love in all situations, speaking your truth and from your heart all go towards making you a happier and healthier person


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Julian Pace

Julian Pace is the Founder & CEO of Happiness Co

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