6 Ways to Beat the January Blues
With Christmas and the New Year celebrations over, January can feel a little deflating. After all the excitement, we’re then faced with going back to reality. You’ll no doubt often hear people moan about what a long month January is or how broke they are after the holidays, or how dark and dreary it is all the time. This is known as the dreaded January blues.
While it’s completely natural to feel a bit down this time of year, it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. It’s the perfect month for fresh starts, new beginnings and making plans for the rest of the year. There are plenty of things to do to inspire a positive and productive month. So, here are my top 6 ways to beat the January blues.
1. Plan Things You Enjoy
Whether it’s setting a night aside for a pamper evening with a bubble bath and a good book, going out to dinner with friends or seeing a new movie in the cinema, planning things you know you’ll enjoy will instantly lift your spirits. Plus, getting things down in the diary will give you something to look forward to, which is so important. Having a feeling of excitement, even if it’s small, will help to get you through a particularly dull day.
2. Try Something New
Now is the perfect time of year to pick up a new hobby or try something you’ve always wanted. The likelihood is, after the busyness of the holidays, you’ll have quite a bit more free time to give something new a try. Take up knitting, learn a different language, try out new recipes, find a new bar or restaurant to love or watch films and read books that have been on your list for far too long. You could end up discovering a new love that will keep you occupied and feeling fulfilled for 2022.
3. Keep Active
Keeping active is a great way of releasing those all-important happy endorphins. I’m not saying to drag yourself to the gym when it’s dark and gloomy out. That thought alone personally makes me feel more miserable. But find a fun activity that can get you moving. From going on walks or finding a dance class to putting your energy into boxing or doing something adventurous like rock climbing. There is plenty of fun and exhilarating ways to stay active and feel good.
4. Go Outside
With the days being noticeably shorter, it’s important to go outside and get as much sunlight as possible. Exposure to daylight helps to regulate our sleep cycles, make us more productive and improve our mood. With half of UK workers working from home, it’s easier than ever to get outside for a quick walk on your lunch break.
5. Avoid Unrealistic Resolutions
A lot of the time people make New Year’s resolutions out of guilt. These resolutions are often big and difficult to achieve, which almost immediately sets you up to fail. From saving a large sum of money, losing a specific amount of weight or completely changing yourself to be something you’re not. It can put on a lot of pressure and make you feel even worse about yourself if you don’t achieve them.
This is why I now like to make small, achievable New Year goals that may not seem like they would make a big difference in my life, but I know will make me happy. Goals like reading 1 book a month, taking the dog out for more walks or making sure the bed is made in the morning are small and simple but easy to manage and will make you feel good when you achieve them.
6. Remember You’re Not Alone
Remember that what you’re feeling this month is totally normal, and you won’t be alone with your feelings either. I’m certain lots of your friends, family members, and co-workers will be experiencing the same low feelings. Finding someone you can talk to about it and help support each other through it will make beating the January blues so much easier.
If you’re working from home this winter and can feel yourself starting to burn out, read my top tips on how to avoid the work from home burnout and create a better work/life balance.