The festivities are well and truly over, new year’s resolutions have been made (and may or may not still be being stuck to), the weather is pretty miserable and for many people it’s a time when they feel a bit down. What can you do to beat the January Blues?
Spending time with friends will help boost your mood. I know that cash flow can be an issue in January, but you don’t need to spend a fortune to be together. Invite them over for a cup of tea, or arrange to go for a walk; which incidentally takes us to my next point:
Being outdoors, will make you feel more grounded and can give a clearer perspective; plus, exercise will release endorphins which can also raise your mood. Dress for the weather and once you are warm and snug, you can really enjoy yourself. Even in the rain!
Do something you enjoy
What makes you happy? Do more of it. Things really can be that simple. Reconnect with interests that have fallen by the wayside, or start something new that you have always wanted to do.
Do something for others
Being altruistic will help others, and is likely to improve your own wellbeing too. How about volunteering at a local charity or community group, or helping your elderly neighbour? By helping others, you will gain a clearer perspective on your own life too, allowing you to feel more grateful for what you do have, rather than worrying about what is missing.
Having something to look forward to is also a great way to boost your mood. If funds allow, maybe now is the time to book a holiday or a trip away; or keep things simple: arranging to go to a movie you would like to see, or to go out for a cup of tea with a friend. Knowing you have fun things on the horizon will help to lift any January gloom.
Share how you feel
Talk to friends, family or colleagues about how you are feeling. There is no shame in admitting to finding things hard and you may well find that you are not the only one to feel this way. Feeling supported and understood is a great way to feel brighter.
Look after yourself
All if these suggestions are underpinned by the need to look after yourself: eat well, sleep well, exercise, laugh and be kind to yourself.
It won’t be long before the days are longer and spring will be here. The beginning of a new year is a world full of possibilities. Work out what you want to get out of this year and which steps you need to take to get you there.
If you are concerned about your general mood or mental health, go and see your GP for support.
I'm a Personal Coach who loves finding out about what makes people tick and helping them to make the changes necessary to get to where they want to go so they can thrive.