When the last footprints of family and friends have washed away from the bonfire shore, and the remnants of barbecue smoke fades into thin air, that's right, we've reached the end of another 4th of July. So, it's time to reluctantly drag your suitcase back to your boring neighborhood, and greet the people you pretend didn't exist while you were away. It happens, the post holiday blues are among us.
Don't feel singled out one bit! Sobbing today under the red, white and blue skies is completely normal. After all, we've spent days building up the delicious anticipation of barbecued baby back ribs and grandma's double trouble cherry pie. We go all out, as we should.
And whether or not the long weekend was a blur, we know the end is coming, but pretend otherwise. When it comes, it catches us off-guard and we feel cheated on, but we shouldn't feel this way!
We've pre-programmed ourselves to rely on one day to gather with family, one day to recount our favorite childhood memories, one day to have belly rolls of laughter, one day to practically be happy—that's crazy!
I get that we have very hectic lives in between these holidays, but once a month is not enough to let down our hair and breathe.
However, we're so quick to tell our counterparts how stressed out we are without realizing the weight of this feeling.
Stress has oftentimes been referred to as the number one killer, and it slowly creeps up on us because we allow it to in more ways than one. For instance, each month we go before the calendar and map out every public holiday and never think to highlight the days we need to take for ourselves (a personal holiday).
Before you think too deep into this, a personal holiday does not need to be lavish. A holiday like this can be in the comfort of your own home on a Sunday, soaking in a crème brûlée honey bubble bath.
So don't pity yourself. The post holiday blues are sad excuses for not living the life we ought to. It's time to make an effort into putting a little 4th of July spark in your every day.