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5 Ways to Overcome the "Special Occasion Blahs"

Updated on April 13, 2017
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Robert attended U.S. festival sites for over 10 years and was able to avoid those let-down feelings that sometimes follow special occasions.

Festivals, vacations, holidays and special occasions can bring happiness and eager anticipation.  However; the stress of planning and participating in these events can give you the "special occasion blahs" after the special occasions have ended.
Festivals, vacations, holidays and special occasions can bring happiness and eager anticipation. However; the stress of planning and participating in these events can give you the "special occasion blahs" after the special occasions have ended. | Source

After The Fun Ends, Keep The "Special Occasion Blahs" Away

The "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 "special occasion blahs" away by utilizing these 5 techniques:

  1. Visualization
  2. Proper Diet
  3. Sunshine/Vitamin D
  4. Pamper Yourself
  5. Do Something Nice For Someone Else

1. Visualization

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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 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 special occasion blahs.

 Be patient. Learning how to control your brain can be a life changing experience so be patient and give it some time.
Be patient. Learning how to control your brain can be a life changing experience so be patient and give it some time. | Source

J. Milanoff's Method

1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Do it in the present tense. Visualize that all of this is happening now and you are feeling fantastic. Visualize that you are "okay".
4. Be patient. Learning how to control your brain can be a life changing experience so be patient and give it some time.

DO NOT DO IT ALONE !!! Find someone who understands what you are going through and is willing to give positive support.
DO NOT DO IT ALONE !!! Find someone who understands what you are going through and is willing to give positive support. | Source

5. 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.
6. Write it down! Writing makes visualizations more mindful by slowing them down.
7. Visualize twice a day. In order to train your brain, it takes repetition and devotion. Do this and don't skip until the 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.
8. 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 Special Occasion Blahs

According to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, severe cases of the blahs have been linked with brain inflammation.
According to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, severe cases of the blahs have been linked with brain inflammation. | Source

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.

Leafy Greens fight against all kinds of inflammation. According to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, severe cases of the blahs have been linked with brain inflammation.

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Walnuts are a rich, plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids.  Numerous studies have shown how omega-3 fatty acids support brain function and reduce symptoms of the blahs. Avocados contain healthy fat that the brain needs in order to run smoothly.  A smooth running brain is better equipped to overcome the "special occasion blahs".Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries are high antioxidant foods.  Antioxidants have been known to fight cancer and the blahs.Mushrooms are like a probiotic in that they promote healthy gut bacteria.  The nerve cells in our gut manufacture 80 percent to 90 percent of our body's serotonin.  Serotonin is the critical neurotransmitter that keeps us sane and free of the blahs. Onions contain high concentrations of anti-inflammatory, flavonoid, antioxidants that help to fight against cancer, benefit our mood, and keep us free of the " special occasion blahs". Tomatoes contain lots of folic acid and alpha-lipoic acid, both of which are good for fighting against the "special occasion blahs".Beans are digested slowly by the body.  This stabilizes blood sugar levels which benefits our mood, thus enabling us to overcome the "special occasion blahs". Leafy Greens fight against all kinds of inflammation.  According to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, severe cases of the blahs have been linked with brain inflammation.Pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, and chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.  Omega-3 fatty acids help to benefit our mood and keep us free of the "special occasion blahs".Apples are high in antioxidants, which can help to prevent and repair oxidation damage and brain inflammation, thus helping us to overcome the "special occasion blahs".
Walnuts are a rich, plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids.  Numerous studies have shown how omega-3 fatty acids support brain function and reduce symptoms of the blahs.
Walnuts are a rich, plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids. Numerous studies have shown how omega-3 fatty acids support brain function and reduce symptoms of the blahs. | Source
Avocados contain healthy fat that the brain needs in order to run smoothly.  A smooth running brain is better equipped to overcome the "special occasion blahs".
Avocados contain healthy fat that the brain needs in order to run smoothly. A smooth running brain is better equipped to overcome the "special occasion blahs". | Source
Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries are high antioxidant foods.  Antioxidants have been known to fight cancer and the blahs.
Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries are high antioxidant foods. Antioxidants have been known to fight cancer and the blahs. | Source
Mushrooms are like a probiotic in that they promote healthy gut bacteria.  The nerve cells in our gut manufacture 80 percent to 90 percent of our body's serotonin.  Serotonin is the critical neurotransmitter that keeps us sane and free of the blahs.
Mushrooms are like a probiotic in that they promote healthy gut bacteria. The nerve cells in our gut manufacture 80 percent to 90 percent of our body's serotonin. Serotonin is the critical neurotransmitter that keeps us sane and free of the blahs. | Source
Onions contain high concentrations of anti-inflammatory, flavonoid, antioxidants that help to fight against cancer, benefit our mood, and keep us free of the " special occasion blahs".
Onions contain high concentrations of anti-inflammatory, flavonoid, antioxidants that help to fight against cancer, benefit our mood, and keep us free of the " special occasion blahs". | Source
Tomatoes contain lots of folic acid and alpha-lipoic acid, both of which are good for fighting against the "special occasion blahs".
Tomatoes contain lots of folic acid and alpha-lipoic acid, both of which are good for fighting against the "special occasion blahs". | Source
Beans are digested slowly by the body.  This stabilizes blood sugar levels which benefits our mood, thus enabling us to overcome the "special occasion blahs".
Beans are digested slowly by the body. This stabilizes blood sugar levels which benefits our mood, thus enabling us to overcome the "special occasion blahs". | Source
Leafy Greens fight against all kinds of inflammation.  According to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, severe cases of the blahs have been linked with brain inflammation.
Leafy Greens fight against all kinds of inflammation. According to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, severe cases of the blahs have been linked with brain inflammation. | Source
Pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, and chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.  Omega-3 fatty acids help to benefit our mood and keep us free of the "special occasion blahs".
Pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, and chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help to benefit our mood and keep us free of the "special occasion blahs". | Source
Apples are high in antioxidants, which can help to prevent and repair oxidation damage and brain inflammation, thus helping us to overcome the "special occasion blahs".
Apples are high in antioxidants, which can help to prevent and repair oxidation damage and brain inflammation, thus helping us to overcome the "special occasion blahs". | Source

Foods That Fight The 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 special occasion blahs.

Foods that help to decrease brain inflammation and thus keep away the "special occasion blahs" include:

  1. Dark Leafy Greens
  2. Walnuts
  3. Avocados
  4. Berries
  5. Mushrooms
  6. Onions
  7. Tomatoes
  8. Beans
  9. Seeds
  10. Apples

3. Sunshine/vitamin D

Vitamin D is called the sunshine vitamin because our bodies produce it when we are exposed to sunlight.  Vitamin D helps to relieve the special occasion blahs.
Vitamin D is called the sunshine vitamin because our bodies produce it when we are exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D helps to relieve the special occasion blahs. | Source

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.

In a study, three women with moderate to severe cases of the blahs, received vitamin D therapy for eight to 12 weeks. After the therapy, the women reported improvements in symptoms of the blahs.
In a study, three women with moderate to severe cases of the blahs, received vitamin D therapy for eight to 12 weeks. After the therapy, the women reported improvements in symptoms of the blahs. | Source

A study, conducted by Sonal Pathak, MD, suggests vitamin D deficiency and the blahs may be linked and supplements may help relieve some of the symptoms.

Vitamin D helps us to overcome the "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.
Vitamin D helps us to overcome the "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. | Source

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:

  1. Milk
  2. Tuna
  3. Salmon
  4. Mackerel
  5. Beef liver
  6. Cheese and
  7. Egg yolks

Vitamin D helps us to overcome the "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

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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 special occasion blahs.

Pampering yourself and enjoying some 'me time' are essential for your mental health and happiness.

— Kori Ellis
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Having a "spa day" is an excellent way to combat stress, recharge your batteries and overcome the special occasion blahs.Meditation is a good way to pamper yourself and overcome the special occasion blahs.  Meditation helps you to relax, and it also has several other health benefits.Pamper yourself with a new haircut or professional makeup application. This will not only make you look good, but it will also help you to feel good and overcome the special occasion blahs.
Having a "spa day" is an excellent way to combat stress, recharge your batteries and overcome the special occasion blahs.
Having a "spa day" is an excellent way to combat stress, recharge your batteries and overcome the special occasion blahs. | Source
Meditation is a good way to pamper yourself and overcome the special occasion blahs.  Meditation helps you to relax, and it also has several other health benefits.
Meditation is a good way to pamper yourself and overcome the special occasion blahs. Meditation helps you to relax, and it also has several other health benefits. | Source
Pamper yourself with a new haircut or professional makeup application. This will not only make you look good, but it will also help you to feel good and overcome the special occasion blahs.
Pamper yourself with a new haircut or professional makeup application. This will not only make you look good, but it will also help you to feel good and overcome the special occasion blahs. | Source

Easy Ways To Pamper Yourself

Take a spa day

Check your local spas for:

  • Discounts
  • Half-day package deals and
  • Specials

Use meditation

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.

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Pamper yourself every week by treating yourself to something special.  It doesn't have to be expensive and it is a great way to chase the special occasion blahs away. Simply having a get-together with your friends is a great way to pamper yourself and overcome the special occasion blahs.Pamper yourself by taking a break and getting away to a hotel for a weekend.  Taking advantage of the variety of hotel services is a great way to overcome the special occasion blahs.
Pamper yourself every week by treating yourself to something special.  It doesn't have to be expensive and it is a great way to chase the special occasion blahs away.
Pamper yourself every week by treating yourself to something special. It doesn't have to be expensive and it is a great way to chase the special occasion blahs away. | Source
Simply having a get-together with your friends is a great way to pamper yourself and overcome the special occasion blahs.
Simply having a get-together with your friends is a great way to pamper yourself and overcome the special occasion blahs. | Source
Pamper yourself by taking a break and getting away to a hotel for a weekend.  Taking advantage of the variety of hotel services is a great way to overcome the special occasion blahs.
Pamper yourself by taking a break and getting away to a hotel for a weekend. Taking advantage of the variety of hotel services is a great way to overcome the special occasion blahs. | Source

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

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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 special occasion blahs.
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 special occasion blahs. | Source

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 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 special occasion blahs.


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Random Acts of Kindness Can Beat The 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 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 "special occasion blahs" set in. Those dreary, let-down, bluesy feelings don't have to last very long, though.

You can overcome the "special occasion blahs" by using:

  1. Visualization
  2. Proper Diet
  3. Sunshine/vitamin D
  4. The method of pampering yourself and
  5. The service of doing something nice for others

Overcoming the "special occasion blahs" gives you the relief you need to be able to look forward to many more wonderful special occasions ahead.

Do you think the methods discussed here can help you to overcome the special occasion blahs?

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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.


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