Top 5 Tips to Beat the Blues this January - Activfirst
Did you know, January is SO miserable that it literally has it’s own depressing accolade? Blue Monday occurs on the 21st of January, and is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. But January doesn’t have to be all bad and we won’t let the blues take us down without a fight. So here are our top 5 tips to beat the Blues this January.
5 Tips to Beat the Blues this January
Before we begin, here is a picture of our Office Dog Ralph looking a bit fed up because it’s January. We feel your pain Ralph!
Tip 1 : Avoid Unrealistic New Year’s Resolutions
We are very quick to say we’ll make changes and usually quite drastic ones at that. Often leading to disappointment a few weeks down the line. Starting the new year with unrealistic goals will not set you up for the year ahead, so set smaller more achievable goals that can be reached and make you feel better from the start.
Tip 2 : Plan leisure activities and/or holidays
After such a fun-filled Christmas with family and friends, it’s a quieter time and you can often feel sad that the decorations are down and put away. Work continues back to normal and everyday life resumes. So now is a perfect time to plan and book holidays and activities for the year and give you happy times to look forward to.
Tip 3 : Have a good clean out
A good start to the year always feels better when you’ve had a good clear out. Get the Christmas decorations down and put away. Whilst you’re at it, why not have a good clean out of clothes, children’s toys etc and start the new year without all that excessive baggage.
Tip 4 : Get outdoors/Exercise
We know exercise is a great way to feel good, but engaging in exercise feels even better following the festive period. After all that excessive eating, drinking and inactivity by getting into some form of exercise or physical activity you can help blow the cobwebs away. So why not begin to correct the balance of food intake with energy expenditure by starting exercise or getting outdoors. Being outdoors gives exposure to sunlight, which is a great source of Vitamin D which is a known mood booster. Just be sure to wrap up warm with plenty of layers and you can’t go wrong.
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Tip 5 : Be thriftier
The financial strain on each of us during the build up to Christmas, during Christmas and over New Year is huge and has an impact on us going into the new year. January is the time to be creative and work out how you can be thriftier with your money. If you plan ahead you can ensure you plan meals, this means food shopping just for what you need. Think of meals that can last for more than one day or eek them into lunch the following day. Socially have a quieter month, it’s not like you’ve not seen anybody for a long time, you’ve just spent Christmas with them. Socialise at someone’s house instead of going out. Spend time with your children playing with their new toys rather than taking them out which can be an additional and unnecessary cost.
After reading our 5 awesome tips Ralph is now ready to take on the world this January. We hope you are too!
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