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A Guide to Beating the January Blues

Posted on January 21, 2020

When the presents have all been opened and the revellers have all returned home, it is little wonder that many of us feel deflated and a little blue in January. We spent so long planning and buying for Christmas and New Year that when it is all over, things can feel flat. Happily, there are plenty of steps that we can take to lift our mood again and get us on the right footing for the new year.

Get out of the House and Make Plans

Even though it may feel like the last thing you want to do on a cold, wet January day, getting some exercise can really give us a much-needed boost. Whether you are a regular at a gym or prefer to amble around in a park, just getting out and about can boost your serotonin levels, giving you more energy and making you feel happier.

Try and make some plans. After the excitement of Christmas is over and the New Year celebrations have ended, it is all too easy to feel disappointed, with little to look forward to. If you can, why not plan a holiday with friends or family? It doesn’t have to be a whole week or two, just a weekend away somewhere new will add a sense of anticipation.

Take Some Time for Yourself and Just Relax

Last, but by not least, rest. Whether you have spent the festive period with family and friends, visiting loved ones or partying the nights away, you will probably need to recoup some energy in January. Take some time to let yourself relax; take a long bath, read, watch films or just catch up on some sleep and get yourself back into a state of equilibrium.

Whatever the year ahead holds for you, whether final exams or some complex assignments, investing in your recovery now will pay dividends throughout the remainder of 2020.