As we put away our decorations and throw away the left overs from Christmas dinner, sometimes we can be hit with the January blues. You’re broke, tired and it’s cold outside. So, to try and bat those feelings away, we’ve come up with seven ways to help make the next month a bit less sucky.
*Please note that these are not cures for depression. If you think you are suffering from depression, please speak to your doctor*
While staying in, tucking yourself up into your duvet and watching Netflix can seem far more appealing than whacking on you trainers and heading out, exercise is one of the best ways to improve your mood. Hit the gym, go for a walk, join a society or if you can’t quite bear the cold outside, why not check out some at home workouts on YouTube and get moving in the comfort of your room. It's definitely worth a go as when you exercise, your body releases feel-good hormones, like endorphins, while also helping you take your mind off your worries. It can also be used as a release when you’re feeling frustrated, help you gain confidence, up your social interaction and is a healthy way to cope with your feelings.
Something that can often contribute to us feeling low in January is that we have little to look forward to. The festive cheer and excitement that leads up to Christmas has now gone, leaving us feeling a little flat. So why not plan something to look forward to. Whether it’s a trip to visit mates or booking tickets to see some live music, get organising something fun that can get you excited.
"Apply/plan for what you want to do in the summer" - 8472
Get some daylight
It’s no secret that one of the rubbish parts of January is that the sun sets really early. The lack of daylight can reduce our ability to synthesise vitamin D, which is often associated with healthy brain function and can cause our mood to dip. Try to make the time to head out in the day, even if it’s just walking around town for 30 minutes.
You are what you eat
With Christmas comes weeks of overeating and drinking. While Yorkshire puddings, pigs in blankets and chocolate are all delicious, it’s important to give your body a bit of detox and make sure it gets all the proper nutriance it needs. Try planning at least one meal a day in advance to make sure it’s jammed packed full of foods like nuts, fish, whole grains and vegetables.
Reflect on what you are grateful for
It’s easy to lose perspective and forget about all the good things we have going on in our lives. Try to make a list of all the things you are grateful for, whether it’s friends, family, a good book, a subject you love or even just looking back on what you achieved in 2017.
“Write down a list of goals. Write down what makes you happy" - Nalk1573
Don’t beat yourselves up if you're struggling with your New Year's resolutions
If you’ve set yourself some New Year’s resolutions and are struggling to keep them, don’t beat yourself up. You’re human and change doesn’t happen overnight. Set manageable goals and give yourself credit for what you have achieved so far, no matter how small.
Do something you enjoy
January can sometimes feel like the month that you deny yourself of everything you enjoy. From dry January to going vegan for the month, it can feel like you're rinsing every last drop of enjoyment out of your everyday life. So, to inject some fun back into your day to day, why not put some time aside to do something you love. If you’ve got a passion for painting, love going to the cinema or you are all about a good book, invest some time to do something that will make you smile.
“Do something you love” - Monkeyman0121