Beat The Post Holiday Blues 652

It’s the post-Christmas, post-Hanukkah, post-eating, post-celebrating time of year- the new year, the return to work and reality are upon us. Many of our brains respond with new found feelings of dread otherwise known as the post-holiday blues.

If you’re feeling overwhelmingly down now that the Holidays are over and you are back to work, keep reading.  Here’s what we know about the post-holiday blues and a few tips on how to get through them.

The big factor in post-holiday blues is that your brain must shift between contrasting emotional experiences. Its hard to shift from the highs of the holiday period to the lows in post-holiday weeks. The decorations, celebrations and social gatherings during the Holidays make our perception of the post-holiday period much more depressing and boring than it really is.

Fixing post-holiday blues is a matter of adjusting expectations and managing the symptoms. The new year is blank canvas with endless potential.  Think positive, get back in the moment. Stop looking back at the past and instead, combat the blues by packing your days full of exciting activities and new goals.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Set a Routine- A routine can help your physical and mental health get back to normal after the chaos of the holidays. Start by setting a wake-up time and a time to go to bed every single day and stick to it. Then add other important items into your daily schedule such as meals and workouts.
  • Take a Junk Food Fast- To hit the reset button, opt out of high-fat foods, processed foods, sugary snacks, and alcohol for the month of January and see how you feel. Chances are your mood will level off and things that bothered you won’t seem so bad.
  • De-Clutter and Give Things to Charity- Cleaning and de-cluttering can be therapeutic. You can create space for beauty and amazing possibilities. You can give to others by giving away things you no longer need. What is your vision for your life and how do your possessions fit in?
  • Make Money and Budget – Make more money. Start a second business. Find a safe place for your cash. Budget and track your spending to help better manage your money.
  • Volunteer- Doing well by doing good can make the other things in life seem more bearable. Tutor a student, help a neighbor.  Visit a local nursing home.  Just do something for someone else.
  • Learn-  Take a second language or learn a trade. Learning can shake things up in your mind and help head you in a new direction. Flood your head with knowledge instead of thoughts of anxiety and boredom.
  • Schedule People Time- Now is a great time to schedule time with friends you may not see often. You should look for ways to connect with others in person. Real connections work well to improve your overall mood.

Finally, remember, “This too shall pass”  your boredom, lowered energy and unhappiness will certainly give way to something new and exciting soon.


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Bring Home the “Teacher’s Pet”, Free Back to School Adoptions 94

In celebration of the start of the new school year, the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will offer free adoptions throughout the month of September for dogs and cats over the age of four years-old. The normal adoption fees of $137 for a dog and $140 for a cat will be waived and include free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal.

Here are a few of the adoptable pets currently at Brookhaven Animal Shelter:


Those who are interested in adopting a dog or cat should visit the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center located at 300 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please visit or call 631-451-6950.


Town Partners with Long Island Housing Partnership to Provide Affordable Housing 146

 On August 27th, Brookhaven Town, working in conjunction with the Long Island Housing Partnership (LIHP), conducted a lottery at Brookhaven Town Hall to select 20 applicants who will be provided with an opportunity to purchase new, affordable condominiums at Country Pointe Meadows in Yaphank. These homes are offered for sale to eligible households that earn 80 percent or less of the area median income and will feature two bedrooms and one bath.

Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said, “I want to thank the Long Island Housing Partnership and Beechwood Yaphank LLC for working with the us to help make the dream of home ownership a reality. Brookhaven Town code ensures all housing developments must have at least 10 percent of its units dedicated to providing workforce or affordable housing, and this makes it easier for hard working families to remain on Long Island.”

Pictured left to right are LIHP President and CEO Peter Elkowitz; LIHP Senior Vice President James Britz; Supervisor Edward P. Romaine; Brookhaven Town Commissioner of Housing and Human Services Alison Karppi and LIHP Executive Assistant Linda Mathews.



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