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Seven Tips to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues


CONTACT: Donna Hartney, 716.655.5094,

Buffalo, NY – December 26, 2012 –  After the presents have been unwrapped and guests have gone home, the silence left after the chaos and chatter disappear is often filled with a bad case of the post-holiday blues.

“This is more common than most people think,” advises Donna Hartney, Ph.D., author of The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career.  “Many people hit a wall once the holiday stress is behind them, but there are ways around that wall.”

Hartney, a performance consultant, recommends capitalizing on the dreaded post-holiday blues to create new opportunities.

“The letdown that so many people experience after the holidays is the perfect set-up for a life-changing insight—a flash of clarity that could profoundly and forever change your life,” she says.

Hartney offers the following tips for dissolving the post-holiday blues. She notes that each has the potential to make an immediate change in mood while setting the stage to eliminate the post-holiday blues in 2013:

  1. Take care of the basics. The post-holiday blues can be a byproduct of the season’s traditional excesses and stresses. Focus on getting back to the basics: eating right, getting enough sleep, and exercising. Then make a personal pact that will prevent an emotional slide next year.
  2. Notice the feelings that accompany the blues. Not everyone experiences the post-holiday blues in the same way. Isolate the feelings by noticing where in the body they are felt most strongly, when they began, and what seemed to spark them. Then aim for a new approach to the holidays that will evaporate the blues.
  3. Be alert to clues. Any number of underlying assumptions can spark the post-holiday blues. Be on the watch for expectations and Ria locations ways of seeing the world that could be the cause. A change of perspective can dissolve the negative feelings instantly and forever.
  4. Look for holiday role models. Holiday traditions and approaches vary widely. Look for role models—both positive and negative—as points of comparison and contrast.
  5. Be curious.  People are more likely to spark a pivotal realization that can lead to an “Aha!” when they are curious about what they observe about themselves and the world around them. Ask questions about interesting observations.
  6. Be willing to let go. Be open to the possibility of a different after-holiday experience—one that, starting immediately, is satisfying and enjoyable.
  7. Think, but don’t overdo it. Analysis might lead to a conclusion that will dissolve the post-holiday blues, and it might not. When analysis isn’t enough, relax and wait, trusting that the subconscious mind is working on a realization that will make all the difference.

“You never know what will spark a transforming insight, but you can greatly increase your chances of having one if you prepare yourself,” Hartney says.

Donna Hartney, Ph.D., is a performance consultant who works with global leaders and professionals at Fortune 500 companies to help them to develop and implement effective strategies that bring out the best in people. She is also a researcher, author, and speaker who teaches others how to prime themselves for life-changing insights. Her new book, The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career, is the first research-based self-help book that teaches readers how to spark pivotal realizations. Learn more at


MEDIA CONTACT: Donna Hartney, 716.655.5094,