Robert attended U.S. festival sites for over 10 years and was able to avoid those let-down feelings that sometimes follow special occasions.
After the Fun Ends, Keep the "After Special Occasion Blahs" Away
The "after special occasion blahs" are those dreary, let-down, bluesy feelings that sometimes occur after festivals, vacations, holidays, and other special times have come to an end.
After the fun ends, keep the "after special occasion blahs" away by utilizing these 5 techniques:
- Proper Diet
- Sunshine/Vitamin D
- Pamper Yourself
- Do Something Nice for Someone Else
Visualize That Things Are Okay
The subconscious is a fast and powerful part of the human brain. Some people have actually gone so far as to be healed by the power of their subconscious. It is through the subconscious that you can visualize yourself overcoming the "after special occasion blahs".
In his guide book entitled The Challenge, J. Milanoff tells how, through visualization, he overcame a severe case of the blahs. The visualization method that Milanoff used can be beneficial in helping you to overcome the "after special occasion blahs".
J. Milanoff's Method
- Visualize your life with no sign of the blahs. Be precise. Down to the last detail think of the things you do, who you are with, the things you are wearing, etc.
- Engage all your 5 senses. Imagine your favorite things. Remember the tastes, smells, sounds, sights, and feel of them. If only for a little while, persuade yourself that this is reality.
- Do it in the present tense. Visualize that all of this is happening now and you are feeling fantastic. Visualize that you are "okay".
- Be patient. Learning how to control your brain can be a life changing experience so be patient and give it some time.
- Dream big. Visualize your life filled with love, great friends and no blahs. This will make your subconscious feel better and it will start to release happiness hormones.
- Write it down! Writing makes visualizations more mindful by slowing them down.
- Visualize twice a day. In order to train your brain, it takes repetition and devotion. Do this and don't skip until the after special occasion blahs are gone. Your subconscious is more open to "inception" when you wake up and before you go to bed, so do your visualizations during those times.
- DON’T DO IT ALONE!!! Find someone who understands what you are going through and is willing to give positive support.
2. Eat Foods That Fight the "After Special Occasion Blahs"
A study published in JAMA Psychiatry states that severe cases of the blahs have been linked to swelling in the brain. Certain foods can provide the nutrients our bodies need to fight off brain inflammation.
Foods That Fight the "After Special Occasion Blahs"
According to mental health writer and activist Therese Borchard, certain foods can provide the nutrients our bodies need to fight off inflammation in the brain. Brain inflammation can lead to the "after special occasion blahs".
Foods that help to decrease brain inflammation and thus keep away the "after special occasion blahs" include:
- Dark Leafy Greens
3. Sunshine/Vitamin D
Vitamin D Deficiency Can Be Linked to the Blahs
Sonal Pathak, MD, an endocrinologist at Bay Health Endocrinology in Dover, Del., did a study of three women that suggested vitamin D deficiency and the blahs may be linked and supplements may help relieve some of the symptoms. Dr. Pathak presented her findings at The Endocrine Society's 94th Annual Meeting in Houston.
Three women, with moderate to severe cases of the blahs, aged 42 to 66, were in Dr. Pathak's study. All were taking antidepressants and were also being treated for type 2 diabetes or an under active thyroid gland. All three were deficient in vitamin D.
The women received vitamin D therapy for eight to 12 weeks. After the therapy, the women reported improvements in symptoms of the blahs.
Get Some Sun or Take Some Vitamins
Vitamin D is called the sunshine vitamin because our bodies produce it when we are exposed to sunlight.
We also can get Vitamin D from:
- Beef liver
- Cheese and
- Egg yolks
Vitamin D helps us to overcome the "after special occasion blahs." It can be difficult to get the amount of vitamin D we need from our diets, that is why supplements are often needed.
4. Pamper Yourself
Pampering Means Being Kind to Yourself
Kori Ellis, in her article entitled "6 Ways To Pamper Yourself," states that pampering is an excellent way to combat stress, recharge your batteries, and overcome the blahs. Ellis goes on to say that "pampering yourself and enjoying some 'me time' are essential for your mental health and happiness."
Pamper means to indulge with every attention, comfort, and kindness. The Bible instructs us to "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Matt. 22:39, New International Version). It stands to reason that if you do not treat yourself with attention, comfort, and kindness you will not fully understand how to treat others with attention, comfort, and kindness. Pampering is one way to show love for yourself. In so doing, you will be truly able to love others. Treating yourself with kindness, pampering yourself, is a good way to overcome the "after special occasion blahs".
Pampering yourself and enjoying some 'me time' are essential for your mental health and happiness.
— Kori Ellis
Easy Ways to Pamper Yourself
Take a spa day
Check your local spas for:
- Half-day package deals and
Meditation combats the special occasion blahs by:
- Helping you to relax
- Reducing anxiety
- Reducing stress
- Building self-confidence
- Improving concentration
- Improving productivity
- Providing peace of mind
- Lowering blood pressure
- Improving circulation
- Decreasing muscle tension
- Curing headaches
- Harmonizing your endocrine system and
- Enhancing your immune system
Get a mini makeover
- Get a department store counter makeover
- Get a new haircut
- Get your nails done
Pay attention to how things are done so you can recreate the look at home.
Get away for the weekend
While enjoying a night or two at a hotel you can:
- Order room service
- Order an in-room massage.
- Lounge at the hotel pool
- Relax in the hot tub or
- Get a treatment at the spa
Because of the difference in location, even if you stay in town it will still seem like a getaway.
Have a party
Call a few close friends over and:
- Play cards
- Watch some sports
- Play games
- Do pedicures
- Do facials
Buy yourself a treat
You can treat yourself with:
- An item for your car
- A new piece of clothing
- An item for your home
- Your favorite snack
5. Do Something Nice for Someone Else
Helping Others Helps to Combat the Blahs
In a Health Day News article it was noted that doing something nice for someone produces a good feeling and a positive attitude. In short, helping others helps to combat the "after special occasion blahs".
Once you have proven successful in loving yourself through pampering, you are ready to truly and graciously help someone else. Experts say that random acts of kindness to others can snowball into a positive overall mood. A positive overall mood is an enemy of the "after special occasion blahs".
Random Acts of Kindness Can Beat the "After Special Occasion Blahs"
According to a growing body of scientific research,"positive activity interventions" can be a very effective and low-cost treatment for the special occasion blahs.
"Positive Activity Interventions" or Random Acts of Kindness include:
- Helping someone with groceries
- Writing a thank you note
- Saying a kind word or
- Counting your blessings
Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, who co-authored a paper on the blahs stated that, "(People with the blahs) need to increase positive emotions in their life, even a minute here and there."
"(People with the blahs) need to increase positive emotions in their life, even a minute here and there."
— Sonja Lyubomirsky
Doing Nice Things for Others Can Beat the "After Special Occasion Blahs"
Overcome and Look Forward
Special occasions can be some of the most fun-filled and joyful times of our lives. We plan for them, sometimes a year or more in advance, and we eagerly anticipate their arrival. Reservations are made, travel arrangements are booked, recipes are created, homes are remodeled, wardrobes and hairdos are made over—all in preparation for that wonderful, special occasion.
With jubilation, that special occasion finally arrives. However; just like a "rug being pulled out from under you," the day quickly passes, or is snatched away. After the fun ends, the "after special occasion blahs" set in. Those dreary, let-down, bluesy feelings don't have to last very long, though.
You can overcome the "after special occasion blahs" by using:
- Proper Diet
- Sunshine/vitamin D
- The method of pampering yourself and
- The service of doing something nice for others
Overcoming the "after special occasion blahs" gives you the relief you need to be able to look forward to many more wonderful special occasions ahead.
- Milanoff, J. "How to Live and Work in The Flow." Web.
- Milanoff, Jay. Challenge Guidebook.
- Eyre, Harris A., and Bernhard T. Baune. "Anti-inflammatory Intervention in Depression." JAMA Psychiatry 72.5 (2015): 511. Web.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2016 Robert Odell Jr