The January blues can affect anyone. It’s the time of year when the climax from Christmas is over and the rest of the holidays are spent over indulging in food, drink and television. Then it’s back to work and it can feel hard to get going again. Here are some tips to get you through the January blues.
- Try to get fresh air every day, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. We need all the vitamin D we can get during these short days.
- Don’t beat yourself up. Remember it’s a time when many people are struggling. It will pass. Patience is key.
- Be kind to yourself, pamper yourself and do what makes you feel good whether it’s a relaxing bath, cup of tea, a film/box set, slice of cake or glass of wine.
- Talk to an empathetic friend or family member about how you are feeling. Their support will help pull you through.
- Exercise if you can. Even if you don’t want to, think about how good you will feel afterwards and use this as motivation to try and go.
- Don’t deprive yourself of everything you enjoy. Remember the key is moderation. Depriving yourself when your mood is low will only hinder you.
- Make a list of goals for the year or a bucket list. Focussing on positive things you want to achieve and forward planning will help you feel better.
- Try to eat healthy food. This will help your mood. Hearty home made stews and soups are a comfort and can be packed with goodness.