9 Tips to beat the post-Easter holiday blues

Sulking up today because the Easter long weekend is over and you have to wake up and face reality again? We all are, and if we had a time-travelling machine, we’d go back 5 days ago and relive the moments.

So how do we beat those post-Easter holiday blues? What do we do when our excitement about Easter wane and the cold settles in?

1. Hit the gym.

Put on your gym kit and start hitting that treadmill. After all the sugar and fatty foods we all had this past weekend, the least one can do is to hit the gym to burn a few calories.

2. Get to know your neighborhood better.

You’re never too old (or too young) to learn about the things that make up your neighborhood — whether that’s getting to know your actual neighbors, finding your local “little library” or meandering nearby streets and trails. Better yet, head out on foot and identify the trees, plants and birds that are all around you! You’ll be all the more delighted once spring comes, watching plants you now know come to life.

3. Repurpose old traditions.

S’mores aren’t only for summer nights around a campfire. Make them in your fireplace, or over a candle at the dinner table.

4. Explore local restaurants.

Street sick? There’s only one way to cure that – hit the local hangout spots and spoil yourself to a take-away just to balance your metabolism after a heavy weekend of home-prepped meals

5. Treat yourself to a midday movie.

Watching movies is never as much fun on warm sunny days when you’d rather be outside.

6. Don’t put away those Easter bunnies just yet.

Instead of letting them gather dust in the basement until next year, create a fort and use lights to make it extra cozy on particularly cold or breezy days.

7. Make a special meal.

We don’t have to save those special recipes for the holiday season: Pick one or two of your faves, and get cooking with friends and family to continue the cheer of the season. Try some of these delicious recipes that will take you on a virtual getaway.

8. Stock up on post-holiday sale items.

A little retail therapy can go a long way (especially the 50 percent off variety).

9. Get together with those you love.

Spend time hanging out with your kids, your spouse, your friends and/or your pet. Winter is a perfect time to enjoy the lull, slow your pace and hunker down with a cup of tea for a good chat over Zoom or during a walk outside.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2018 and updated for 2021

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