Parties, presents, friends and family, travel, shopping and feasting - the festive season packs maximum indulgence. But when the tinsel is back in the box, the last leftovers are eaten and the alarm clock’s set for that first day back at work, reality can bite hard.
Post-holiday blues and a heavy comedown are very real in the New Year, says leadership performance coach Muffy Churches.
“We feel that juxtaposition of the freedom we experienced on holiday, that sense of how great life could be, versus our return to perceived incarceration,” she says.
“It’s very common, and the longer you’re away, the harder it can feel to return.”
Adds mindset coach Renae Cobley: “Seasonal anxiety does exist. But remember: life is like a garden that can’t be beautiful all year round. You have to accept that not all times will feel great.”