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How to beat the January Blues

After the excitement and bustle of the Christmas season, it is completely natural to feel a little down at this time of the year.
A woman outdoors beat the January Blues.
Getting outdoors can help to beat the January Blues

January can feel gloomy after the bright lights, indulgences, fun, and socialising that comes with Christmas. 

Add to that cold weather, dark days, Christmas debts, failing in our New Year’s resolutions, and it’s no surprise people find themselves feeling down.

All of this comes together to create the ‘January Blues.” 

The January Blues manifests itself as low mood, lack of motivation, tiredness and low energy.

Instead of giving into The January Blues, why not learn how to beat them? Here are our tips for giving yourself the best start to 2023.

Five tips to beat the January Blues

1. Accept that this is normal

There are biological reasons why many people feel low and lack energy during January. There is nothing ‘wrong’ with having these feelings, and many people feel exactly the same as you. 

2. Make the most of the daylight

A tree without leaves bathed in the winter sun.
The beautiful winter sunshine

Being outdoors in the sunlight can make you feel better and give you more energy. This is because exposure to natural light increases the levels of serotonin in the brain, which is associated with improved mood. The sunlight can make you feel better and help regulate your sleep cycles.

3. Exercise

It might be cold outside, but one of the best ways to improve how you feel is to get some exercise. A brisk walk with friends can be a great way to get some fresh air and release endorphins, making you feel better.

4. Eat properly

When feeling down, you’re more likely to comfort eat. It’s normal for us to want more fatty and heavy food during the cold months of winter. Having a varied, balanced diet can work wonders to improve your mood. Balance your craving for carbohydrates, such as pasta and potatoes, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. And take extra vitamin D – the ‘sunshine vitamin’. 

5. Avoid unrealistic New Years resolutions

Paper ready for New Year resolutions to be written down on.
Make sure to set realistic New Year resolutions.

Every January, people suffer from the January Blues because they have been overly ambitious with their New Year’s resolutions. People are left unhappy when they can’t achieve them. It’s good to make resolutions to improve yourself, but they need to be realistic and specific. Don’t make difficult and vague resolutions like “save more money” or “be more organised.” Make sure your resolutions are ones you can actually achieve and measure.

Want to know more about improving how you feel?

We have lots more tips and information to share with you that can help improve how you feel.

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This is your time to feel healthier and happier – join the year of wellbeing today.

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