January can be a tough month for a lot of people. Typically, by the 3rd Monday in January, the excitement of the Christmas holidays has left, New Year’s resolutions are falling short of success and the work routine seems to be dragging. Not to mention the shorter days and increased rainfall resulting in Season Affective Disorder (SAD). And after another worrying Christmas with the Covid-19 pandemic, the winter period has caused even more stress and anxiety for people worried about their own health and the health of their loved ones.
Whether you’re in the car on your way to work or cooking up some breakfast in the kitchen, an upbeat playlist can start the day off right.
Indulge in a takeaway, buy yourself some flowers or head to the online shops and order yourself a new outfit. Purchasing items that make you happy have a short-lived, but positive effect on your mood and it also gives you something to look forward to when they arrive.
Reaching out and having a conversation with someone can instantly brighten your day. Pop over to your loved ones for a catch-up and a cuppa or ask your work colleagues about their weekend. If you are in a position where you need immediate support, you can text SHOUT to 85258 for a free 24/7 support line.
Light a candle, run the bath, use some essential oils to completely relax. It’s important to take some time out of your day to completely switch off from everything and allow your mind to feel at ease. Turn your phone on silent for the duration of your bath and maybe read a book, listen to a podcast or put on some relaxing music.
If you’re having a day lounging about the house, or perhaps you’re working from home and don’t necessarily need to show yourself to anyone, get dressed regardless of your plans. Taking the time to pick out a great outfit, styling your hair or giving your beard a fresh trim not only makes the time fly by but also helps give you a confidence boost. ‘Look good, feel good!’
Even if you don’t feel like working out, it will help! Even a home workout releases happy mood chemicals called endorphins which in turn reduce stress and alleviate anxiety. A workout doesn’t have to be high-intensity either, it can simply be a stroll around the park or a walk around the glorious South West Coastline. Whilst you’re on your walk, or if you have decided to do a spot of yoga, remember to take in all the senses of being outside. Being in the present moment helps you to appreciate the world you live in and stops you from taking these things for granted.
With all this in mind, I hope your Blue Monday becomes a little less blue this year.