January can be quite a challenging month. You’re probably a little bit on the skint side after Christmas and the January sales, the weather is pretty awful and the dark mornings are still very much a thing, meaning hibernation mode is incredibly tempting albeit, not always healthy. I’ve mentioned having issues with January Blues on my social media a few times now and from speaking to friends and those around me, I’ve realised how much of an impact the January Blues can actually have. So I wanted to share a few of my tips for beating the January Blues which will hopefully ease the next few weeks if just a little bit.
Get outside, regardless of the weather
When it’s pouring down with rain, the prospect of stepping outside the door can be daunting and less than appealing as you’d probably much rather snuggle up under a blanket with a warm cup of tea. But there’s a lot to be said for getting some fresh air. Going for a walk or a run can be a good time to refocus, switch off your devices and have some time to yourself to help quieten your mind. But make sure you take an umbrella and put on your waterproofs.
Drink more water
Unless it’s a firm habit of yours, it’s unlikely that water will be the first drink you reach for when the weather is ice cold outside. But drinking water can increase your energy levels, improve your skin and boost your immune system, all of which may be suffering during these rubbish winter months. If you’re not a massive fan of water or refuse to give up your caffeinated hot drinks, perhaps consider replacing some of your average coffees or teas with some green tea.
Seek out new experiences
This may be quite difficult, especially while we’re seeing so much rainy weather and money is a little scarce. But new experiences are the perfect way to blow away the cobwebs on a boring January day. This could be booking a trip to a new destination, visiting a city near your home that you haven’t managed to visit yet, learning a new skill or simply going to a new restaurant or coffee shop. Whatever you want to do, go out and do it this month to give you some positive experiences to talk about.
Find some exercise you enjoy
A lot of people make it their January goal to get healthy or lose weight, meaning New Year’s will usually result in a lot of people joining the gym. Although this might be met by some scoffs from sceptics, especially on social media, you really can’t underestimate the benefit of exercise and the positive impact it can have on your overall mental health. Personally, running is my favourite exercise and it’s an activity I turn to when I’ve had a bad day or when I need a boost. But I understand that not everyone shares this favouritism. Take the time to find your own exercise preference which can help with your escapism – see what works for you to help you maintain a healthy body and a happy mind.
Spend time with loved ones
It can be all too easy to hibernate in the winter and spend your evenings binging on Netflix with some comfort food. Although this can be great for some evenings to help with switching off, it can also leave you feeling isolated if done too often. Try making more of an effort to get out and to spend time with your friends or loved ones even if it’s just for a coffee or perhaps they can share a new experience with you. They can also be a pretty great sounding board for any negative emotions you might be feeling.
Whatever you do this January, don’t let the blues strike you down and don’t forget that others are feeling the same as you. Take the time to relax, recharge and focus on yourself in preparation for the big year ahead. However, if you’re struggling more than normal and are in need of help, talk to someone. Below are a few helpful resources just in case you need them: