January Blues and how to combat them.
With the fun of Christmas over, it’s no wonder that so many of us feel a little low and deflated. Going back to normality isn’t exactly fun, so catching a case of the January Blues is perfectly normal and very common. For some, tackling them is all about hitting those January sales and treating themselves to a bargain or one of the top designer handbags available right now. For others, it’s about quiet reflection and distracting themselves with work and fitness goals.
Luckily, there are lots of things you can do during this miserable month that will keep the blues at bay, or make you feel better. Why not try some of these to boost your mood?
The last thing most of us want to do after the festive period is get up and move more. But the fact of the matter is, keeping active and moving your body does so much more for you than just the obvious health benefits. Staying active boosts your confidence, helps your posture and is also great at diffusing stress and anxiety, something that is rife when we all head back to work and deadlines loom large once more. Fortunately, staying active doesn’t mean spending hours at the gym. All it takes is just a little walk around the park, or the office on your break.
If it’s raining? Well, take an umbrella! Your body and mind will thank you for it.
I know what it’s like, you spend all Christmas surrounded and often smothered by relatives and guests. So, it’s no wonder that we all would like a break from our social calendars. We have the tendency to withdraw from our friends and family when we’re feeling low, which is ironic because they’re the people who are most likely to make us feel better! Do something simple; invite some friends over for a movie night, make a phone call to mom, write a letter to your grandma. Don’t isolate yourself!
Keep treating yourself
You might think that you’ve spoiled yourself enough over the holidays, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop. You should always prioritize what makes you happy and as long as it doesn’t negatively affect you, those around you or your finances, there’s no reason not to indulge. A hot bubble bath, a massage at the local spa, a delicious meal at your favorite restaurant. Doing what we love lifts our spirits, so go for it.
Keep eating right
During this miserable month, it’s all too tempting to reach for the left over Christmas treats. Even the chocolates that everyone has avoided at the bottom of the container look tempting. But while we crave sugary and fatty foods at this time of year, you need to be careful. These foods will make us feel good for a little while, but we’ll simply crash harder later on. Fill your plate with leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts and legumes and make sure you’re getting plenty of vitamins and minerals. You’ll feel amazing.