January has never been our favourite month of the year. Christmas and all the festivities have ended, you may be feeling the strain on your purse strings and now we could be facing a lockdown until the middle of February. There are plenty of reasons to be feeling blue but check out our tips for beating the January blues, just in time for Blue Monday.
If you haven’t heard of ‘Blue Monday’ before, it was created in 2015 by Sky Travel. It’s the third Monday of January. This is apparently the most common day to book a holiday (not very likely this year). It is also factors in the weather, monthly salary, time since Christmas and time since you may have broken your new year’s resolution, plus lack of motivation.
Here are our January blue busting tips;
- Get some vitamin D- The lack of daylight can affect your mood. The obvious lack of daylight during the winter (shorter days) can cause a real problem. So, take opportunity you can to get outside and soak up any vitamin D you can. Even a 20-minute walk on a lunch break can be beneficial. Remember to stick to all lockdown restrictions.
- Remember that you are not alone- If we learnt anything from the first two lockdowns it is that you can easily connect with friends and family. Zoom, teams and facetime, to name but a few, have all shown us how easy it is to stay in contact.
- It’s normal to feel like this- Feeling low in January is completely normal. Biological reasons cause this and leave you with little energy during the darker winter months. Understanding that this is all a natural process will help you.
- Get exercising- How many times have you been told that a bit of exercise will make you feel better? It may be annoying but it will help. Exercising releases endorphins which will make you feel better. Not only that but with gyms shut exercising outdoors is your only option, more time outside = more daylight which is a great thing. If you don’t fancy a run or a workout a walk is still enough but remember to stick to the current lockdown rules for your area.
- Try something new- If you’re feeling stuck in a rut then why not try something new? What do you have to lose? With restrictions, this may be harder than normal but exercising or reading are great options. Think of the sense of achievement when you can run a 5k or finish a book.
- Eat properly- The festive period and eating/drinking more than usual come hand in hand but this isn’t good for our bodies or brains. Try and have a varied diet with all sorts of fruit and veg, pulses, grains, fish and nuts.
- Choose specific resolutions- Resolutions are usually very broad like ‘lose weight’ this vagueness makes it difficult to keep. If you do fail resolutions this can make you feel worse. Try being more specific something like ‘use the stairs instead of the lift’, this is more achievable and you will be able to achieve more.
- Get your sleep in- Sleep is important for many reasons, it gives your body time to repair, rest and restore energy. Not only that but it helps with your mental health so try and get between 7-9 hours a night.
We hope these tips help you get through January and the rest of lockdown 3.0.
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