How to keeps your spirits up and avoid the January blues

How to keep your spirits up and avoid the January blues

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For such a long time before Christmas our mindset changes. We can spend months getting ready for the big day, shopping and planning festive get togethers. However, January and the time after Christmas can be where we come crashing down and need a bit of a pick me up. I wanted to share some ideas for our how can keep your spirits up during this time and avoid the January blues.

Get outside

Although it may be cold outside being cooped up in the house can start to drive you crazy after a while. Get yourself wrapped up warm and go for a walk. Even a short walk around the block can help to clear your head. A longer walk can also help you to get some exercise and maybe team it up with seeing a friend for a catch up. Walks are great because they don’t have to cost any money and you can make them as long or short as you like.

Have something to look forward to

I always find it easier to get through a tricky time in life, no matter when that is, by having something to look forward to. This doesn’t have to be anything crazy or big (although it can be if you want it to be) but it could be something small but easily achievable. You might want to have a meal out to look forward to, a meeting with a friend or maybe even a weekend away somewhere.

Look after your mental health

It’s really easily to let your mood slip after Christmas and a lot of us have been there on more than one occasion. January is a good time to take a look at where you are with your mental health, sort of like a MOT. If you find that you are struggling with something, or need help, then it’s so important to find someone to talk to or find somewhere to go for advice. This isn’t always easy though, especially if you’re a busy person with things like work and family.

Although there are lots of options for therapists and counsellors, you might not be able to get out of the house during office hours or at times that are suitable. Luckily, places such as The Awareness Centre offer online counselling, so your therapy can be done from anywhere.

Exercise

Although it might take a bit of will power to make yourself get up and do some exercise it is excellent for your mental health. There are the obvious health benefits but it has been scientifically proven that exercise can help to reduce depression and anxiety. By giving off the ‘feel good’ chemical and raising endorphin levels, exercise can create the feeling of happiness.

The great thing about exercise is that it can be done anywhere. You don’t need a fancy gym membership if you don’t want one. You can get some exercise in by going for a walk, following a yoga video on YouTube or maybe trying a new online class.

Get enough sleep

In the winter months it can be harder to get yourself up and out of bed in the morning, due to it being darker for longer. Sleep can play such an important part in how we feel on a day to day basis and you can end up struggling if you don’t get enough. By making sure you go to bed at a decent time each night, turning off your electronics before going to sleep and giving yourself some time to relax can really help towards you getting a good night’s sleep.

Healthy eating

A lot of us will over indulge over the Christmas period. There’s so many treats available in the shops, mince pies to tempt you and of course, Christmas pudding. People might make the mistake of making a resolution to go on a diet after the New Year but you don’t need to do that necessarily. Eating too much bad food can make you feel tired and sluggish so maybe think about cutting back on the sweets and crisps and adding some more fruit and vegetables into your diet.

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How to keeps your spirits up and avoid the January blues

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