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January 12, 2023

How you can both beat the post holiday blues

How you can both beat the post holiday blues
Dr. Chris Brown
by DR. CHRIS BROWN

You’re not alone in feeling the post-holiday blues. Pets get them too. But once you know WHY they occur you’ll never look at them the same way.

Surely it’s not just me noticing those dramatic sighs seem even louder this week! And the naps and slow pacing around the house are even more pronounced. But you might just take comfort in knowing the post holiday blues are real. And a medical fact that’s not just confined to people.

So I’ve done some digging for answers. And found the surprising answer. And all those joy filled walks, swims and social outings are a big part of why you and your furry offsider feel this way.


Why post holiday blues occur:
Brace yourself. You both had so much fun and relaxation that your brain chemicals have to ‘normalise’. Seriously.
And they do that by almost swinging the other way and deprive you of those feel good hormones (like serotonin and dopamine) you’ve both been drinking in. It’s the old ‘whatever goes up must come down’ idea.

Basically, you borrowed so much happiness on your break, that the first week back home is all about paying it back. Possibly with interest.

That’s why, right now, you’re seeing so much napping and disinterest in life. Nothing seems quite as fun as the old walk, socialise, sleep, repeat of the holidays.

So what can you do?

Well, be patient. The ‘normalisation’ process takes around 7-10 days.
In the meantime, rely on those natural and reliable soothing techniques to buy you some time. Like…

  • Exercise
  • Calming treats
  • Chew toys
  • Getting back to a routine

    You will both break through to the other side and discover that there’s still a lot to love about the rest of the summer!

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