Beat The Post Holiday Blues 571

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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Town Receives Tree City Growth Award 47

Brookhaven Town Receives Tree City Growth Award from Arbor Day Foundation

Town has earned Tree City Designation for Four Consecutive Years

Farmingville, NY – Brookhaven Town has for the fourth consecutive year been designated a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation, and in recognition of its ongoing successful tree programs, the Town has this year also earned the “Tree City Growth Award.” Brookhaven spends over $1.4 million per year on community forestry programs. Pictured left to right are New York State DEC Supervising Forester John D. Wernet; Councilman Kevin LaValle; Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright; Councilwoman Jane Bonner; Supervisor Ed Romaine; Councilman Dan Panico; Councilman Neil Foley; Councilman Michael Loguercio; and Town Clerk Donna Lent.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I am proud to have the Town recognized as a Tree City USA. We have given away and planted thousands of trees and strictly controlled the clearing of trees across Brookhaven to help protect and preserve the environment. I thank the Arbor Day Foundation for honoring the Town and all the residents who have followed our lead to make Brookhaven a greener place to live.”

Superintendent of Highways Dan Losquadro said, “The preservation of healthy trees is a priority of the Brookhaven Highway Department. In instances when trees were planted too close to the Town Right-Of-Way (ROW) and roots were growing into the roadway, we remove the trees and replace them with street-friendly trees, planted the appropriate distance from the road.”

Tree City USA is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, benefits of a Tree City USA program include:

  • Reduce costs for energy, stormwater management, and erosion control
  • Cut energy consumption by up to 25%
  • Boost property values across your community
  • Build stronger ties to your neighborhood and community

Growth Award

The Tree City USA Growth Award is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize higher levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities. The Growth Award highlights innovative programs and projects as well as increased commitment of resources for urban forestry. It also provides an opportunity to share new ideas and successes across the country. More information about the Arbor Day Foundation can be found at

Growth Awards are given to communities that have earned the Tree City designation for at least two consecutive years and:

  • Engage in education and public relations programs on the importance of planting trees in their community, and
  • Create partnerships with utilities, Green Industry Partners or other organizations
 Photo Courtesy of Town of Brookhaven

Brookhaven Animal Shelter- Free Adoptions April 15th – April 21st 136

Brookhaven Animal Shelter Celebrates “Spring Fling” with Free Adoptions from April 15 to April 21

Farmingville, NY – The Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will celebrate “Spring Fling” with free adoptions from April 15 through April 21. The normal adoption fees of $137 for a dog and $125 for a cat will be waived and include free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal. Pictured is “Tiger,” one of the adoptable dogs at the 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, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 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 call 631-451-6950 or visit the Animal Shelter website at


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