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Beat the January blues

January 5, 2018

Its safe to say that when I returned from a few days away yesterday I was hit smack bang in the face by the January blues.

 

Christmas is over, the whole street has packed it all away in the last two days. My solemn wreath is the only one left standing.

The excitement of presents and parties and eating as much food as you want with no consequence is gone and should supposedly be replaced by boring things like health eating, fitness and getting back to reality.

 

I've done a bit of research and found a few things that may help:

 

1. Keep being social

Just because it's January it doesn't mean you can't go and visit your friends like you did over the festive period. Make plans or set a date to see friends every month, not just Christmas.

 

2. Plan a holiday

Every site I have looked at says to do this. It gives you something to look forward to, just like you looked forward to Christmas. Think I'll book a few!

 

3. Go outside

Not so sure about this one as its freezing but the outdoors are good for you and if you can find any sunlight, that's good for your brain.

 

4. Have a laugh

If you are feeling really fed up you need to have a laugh as this releases feel good hormones and endorphins. Go see friends or pop on a funny film or TV programme.

 

5. Don't make unrealistic new years resolutions

Don't put pressure on yourself or make yourself miserable by trying to make too many changes. Failing at keeping the resolutions will only make you feel worse so stick to something realistic. Better yet don't make any. January is only another month after all, you can plan to make changes once you feel like it.

 

6. If you are feeling really down and fed up seek some medical advise as they might be able to offer you something simple to change your mood. It is normal to have January blues but if you think there may be more to it, be kind to yourself and get help.

 

The most important thing I've realised is that just because Christmas is over it doesn't mean that the fun has to be. Getting back to reality is what you make it. There are 12 new months in which you can do exactly what exciting things you want to do. 

 

I'm off to go outside, laugh, blow all my new years resolutions and just be happy that I'm fit and well and can plan some lovely things for 2018. 

 

 

 

 

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