Feeling the January blues? You are not alone
The holiday period is over, you are back at work, the weather is cold and dark, the sun sets at what seems like 2pm. It’s that time again…January.
January has attained a bit of a reputation, it’s the ‘sad’ month, the ‘Christmas is over’ month, the ‘dark and gloomy’ month.
But if you are feeling the January blues, don’t worry, you are not alone.
The January blues is now a globally recognised term, and medical experts are seeing an increasing trend of people who are affected by SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
Find out more information about SAD here.
There are a few things you can do to help with the January Blues, such as going outside for a walk, making sure you have ‘dates’ booked in the diary or even trying a new hobby!
What you can do:
It’s no secret that exercise makes us feel good, but if the gym doesn’t interest you, going for a daily walk is a great way to incorporate fresh air, exercise and some time away from your desk. This is something I find helps so much with my productivity, I always feel refreshed and revitalised after my lunchtime walks.
Keeping busy, but within reason:
Ensuring you have things to look forward to is another way to help manage the blues. Maybe try to go for a drink with someone you haven’t seen for a while, but make sure you both keep your phones in your bag, to minimise distraction. Human connection is more important than your phone! Keeping busy is important but don’t forget balance is key! It’s ok to not want to go out but try to have at least 1 date in the diary for this month.
Try something new:
A great way of getting out the house is to try a new hobby or activity. Have you always wanted to attend that yoga class in your town but kept finding excuses? Now is the time! Challenge yourself to attend something new, it doesn’t mean you have to stick with it, but there is no harm in trying!