How to survive January and beat the blues

January 2, 2018 10:58 am Published by

How can we survive the January blues once the holidays are over and the New Year’s celebrations have finished, the decorations have been packed away and the days are still short, dark and cold.  Many of us will experience feelings of anti-climax after the Christmas festivities – whether it was because you had a great time and now it’s over or you didn’t but it feels as though everyone else did.

Most of us will experience feeling low throughout January, we share some tips out there to help you get through the next few weeks.

Get as much daylight as possible
Lack of daylight is partly why we suffer “winter blues”.  So, make the most of being outside during the day.

Look Ahead, book something to look forward to
Having something to look forward to can help to lift spirits.  Booking something doesn’t have to be expensive. Even planning a day out a few weeks in advance will bring something positive in your life and give you something to look forward to.

New Year’s Resolutions
Be realistic when you set your New Year’s resolutions and don’t beat yourself up if you break your resolutions.

Connect with friends and relatives
Try not to isolate yourself – it’s more important than ever to stay in regular contact with your friends and family.  Talking to a counsellor can really help if you’re feeling depressed, anxious or stressed.

Exercise
Is one of the best ways to fight depression and improve wellbeing and mood. You don’t need to join a gym, try a brisk walk or cycling.

Eat yourself happy
Our Ambassador Rachel Kelly’s book The Happy Kitchen Good Mood Food contains recipes for ‘Beating the Blues’.

Listen to Music
Listening to your favorite upbeat tunes and for an extra boost try singing along to put you in a better mood and relax you.

Declutter your life
For less stress de-cluttering can be very cathartic, even if you’re not in the mood for a major clear-out, take it one step at a time. Start with that drawer you’ve been meaning to tackle for ages, and then work up to a bigger wardrobe or garage.

 

 

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