Mind, Body & Soul

How to Beat the January Blues

After the excitement of Christmas and the fun of New Year’s Eve, January can feel very bleak for some. Bank accounts are looking poor, the weather is bitterly cold and it’s a long time until the next Bank Holiday. It isn’t any surprise that lots of people struggle with January Blues. There are various ways in which you can take the chill of January, and brighten your outlook, below are some tips on how you can do this.

  1. Plan. Think ahead to what you would like to achieve. These goals do not have to be overwhelming, perhaps it is trying to see more of your friends over the course of the year, maybe it’s giving yourself some more time to enjoy reading. It could be something bigger- planning a holiday, looking for a new job, but whatever it is view these goals as something exciting to achieve. If you begin the new year with positive targets to reach, it will help to lift your spirit. It is important not to overwhelm yourself though or put pressure on so do make sure the goals you set are realistic.
  2. Get outside. It’s cold, it’s damp, it can seem miserable but spending time outside will help to boost your mood. The cold air and the natural light will help release endorphins which will give you a natural boost.
  3. You aren’t alone. You are not the only one feeling the January Blues. Talk about it, you’ll find that your friends feel the same and if you share your feelings it can help you to deal with them.
  4. Diet. January is a time when suddenly it’s all about healthy eating and dieting. The adverts for dieting clubs are all over the television and slimming aids are now replacing party food within the supermarkets. Be sure to be conscious of your diet- there is no need to take on some crazy extreme habits, just ensure you eat a wide range of healthy foods and you’ll give your body a boost. Don’t feel the pressure from the advertising companies to have a ‘perfect body’ for spring. What matters is that you feel healthy and having a wide range of fruit and vegetables within your diet will help you achieve that.
  5. Exercise. January is a popular time for signing up to gyms and clubs, there will be lots of offers around and exercise helps you to have a natural release of a positive hormone so is a brilliant way to combat the blues. You, of course, don’t need to join gyms and clubs, you can just enjoy walking in your local area, engaging in aerobics in your own home or following some of the many Youtube video exercise routines.
  6. Seek help. If you feel that your January Blues are something more then do seek help. It can be difficult to know if it is depression or not, you may shrug off your sad days and think it’s normal, but if it persists and begins to have an impact upon your day to day life then it is important to see your GP.

 

About the author

Laura Bingham

A background in psychology and counselling Laura has her own business. She edits and proofreads novels and loves all things book-related. A keen interest in oncology, mental health and self development Laura likes to write in health and wellbeing as well as parenting and family.