It is hard enough dealing with what life has got to throw at us without the added pressure of “January blues“. To me January is just another month, but I know to others it’s that dreaded month after Christmas. Your bank account is feeling the strain after Christmas splurges and January sales. There is this pressure to have New year goals telling us to be better or to get into a fitness routine. Thus, its not hard to see why it can be viewed as such a horrible month.
Therefore, I thought what better to do than recommend 5 ways to help overcome the January blues.
- Go for a walk
This one sounds simple and it is! Fresh air is proven to help reduce those stress levels that we are all feeling. It is cold so I know it is easy to just want to stay inside with a hot drink wrapped up in your duvet. However, going out even for a 10 minute walk will help make you feel a little better. But do remember to wrap up!
There are also many health benefits including helping those with mental health, all whilst getting some exercise!
2. Try new things
It can be a time when we feel stuck in a rut and lack motivation. But encouraging yourself or others to try something completely new is great at stimulating creativity (which again is great for reducing those stress levels).
It is never too late to try something new or even something that you have wanted to do for a long time but just keep making excuses. Just do it and go for it, there’s no point waiting.
Personally I have begun running and I never thought I would ever be a runner. Therefore, try something new and don’t let anything hold you back.
3. Think about yourself
By this I mean remember to take some time to just relax. Run that bath, put on that face mask, make yourself a nice hot drink or cold whatever takes your fancy, turn off the phone or technology and just fully enjoy the moment. Just do the little things to wind down and make yourself happy. Looking after yourself will greatly improve how you are and feel.
Putting yourself first should always be a priority.
4. Make plans with friends and family
Similar to what I said earlier this one is also encouraging you to get out. The winter months definitely make me more likely to want to stay at home and watch TV and do nothing. This is why you need to just make time with those around you and just get yourself out. Seeing people and getting out is a great way to forget about those stresses or even talk about them. Interaction and socialising will improve your mood.
Plus having that interaction with others will mean you can go through this together and make memories at the same time!
5. Get organised
Making lists and being organised is perfect for me because, it just keeps me on my toes so I know what I am doing with my life. Even with simple things such as “tidy room”, just writing it down reminds me to get those important things done.
I love making lists and honestly make them for everything. Also it is a great way to get everything out of your head and you are less likely to forget what you need to get done.
Anyway I am sure there are loads of other ideas that can help but I shall leave it here. If there are any more ideas that anyone recommends to help beat those January blues, then feel free to comment below. I would love to read them!
Thanks for reading,
Gemma Jayne x
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