syndicated

Avoid the Post-Holiday Blues and Make 2018 the Happiest Year Yet

These are tips from From Adam Pike, co-founder of SuperCarers.

Don’t Let the Socializing Stop With the Festivities

Once the holidays are over, it can be easy to retreat for a quiet January. But, make sure the socializing doesn’t stop once the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. Plan social activities with friends and family to get you through the January blues.

Knock on a Door

With January being one of the least sociable months, it’s a good time to reach out and make sure no one is left isolated. Why not try knocking on new neighbors’ doors to introduce yourself? You never know — you might make some new friends in your local community.

Join a Club

From book clubs for book worms to gardening clubs for the green-thumbed, the new year is a great time to try new hobbies. There are groups out there for everyone. Even if you aren’t very active, clubs are a great way to meet people

Cook a Meal

Food brings people together, and a hot meal is always welcome in the coldest months of the year. So why not invite some friends over for dinner, join in a supper club, or take some soup to someone who can’t get out of the house often?

Make Some Time for Yourself

If you are the primary carer for an elderly relative and juggling the demands of a younger family, it can be tough to make time for yourself without feeling guilty. Finding out about quality care options in your area can help you to make time for yourself.

Give Your Time

Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community. It doesn’t have to be time consuming: There a lots of organizations out there that organize a huge range of different activities, including calls to isolated elderly people to running local coffee mornings.

Offer a Helping Hand

Getting around can be difficult at this time of year, especially when it’s dark and icy. If you have access to a car, why not think about helping out someone who’s less mobile with their weekly grocery trip?

Start a Conversation

Seeing a friendly face can be the best way to start the day and cheer someone up. From something as simple as a smile to starting a conversation, it only takes a moment, but it can make a huge difference

This post was written by Yours editors. For more, check out our sister site Yours.

More from FIRST

How to Avoid Holiday Travel Weight Gain

How to Deal With Ambivalent Grandparents

How to Recycle Old, Broken Christmas Lights

Use left and right arrow keys to navigate between menu items. Use right arrow key to move into submenus. Use escape to exit the menu. Use up and down arrow keys to explore. Use left arrow key to move back to the parent list.