Santa has delivered all his parcels, Christmas has gone and the festivities are coming to an end. With the end of the year now in sight many of us are starting to fear the dreaded January blues. Indeed, when the twinkly lights are packed away for another year many of us feel like it's not only our homes that lose their sparkle in January. With long and cold dreary days it's hard for a lot of us not to feel the January blues. Whilst it is often heralded as a time for new beginnings, it is often a difficult time for many. As credit card bills roll in, the bad weather seems relentless and our new years resolutions start to slip away, January can be a particularly bleak time of the year. However, there are a number of way you can tackle the January blues. Here are 5 things that you might want to try to slay those January blues.
An easy way to tackle the January blues is to take a walk in nature. Connecting with nature is a great way to lift the spirits and it's free to do too. Make sure you pay attention to all your surroundings and take in all the sights, sounds and smells. Even just a 30 minute walk in the great outdoors can help to lift the January blues.
A lot of us can feel frazzled after the Christmas celebrations. This is especially true if it has been your role to tend to everyone else's needs. Therefore, the new year is the perfect time for a bit of 'me' time. Self care is basically anything that feeds your soul. This could be making your favourite meal or soaking in a hot bubble bath. Indeed a little self indulgence is the perfect remedy for the January blues.
Our pets are great therapy as well as loyal companions. Indeed, scientists have proved that interacting with your pet can increase the hormone oxytocin, affectionately know as the 'happy hormone'. Therefore, don't hold back on playing and snuggling with the family pet. It will also deepen your bond with your fury friend.
Exercise is another great tool for your January blues tool box. Indeed, January is the perfect time for taking up a new sport or re-engaging in an activity that you used to love. The key to exercise is finding something you genuinely enjoy. Trying to force yourself to hit the gym when you hate it for example will generally end in failure.
If you've been hit by the January blues then you may feel tempted to bury yourself under the duvet until the spring bulbs start peeking out of the ground. However, as tempting as hibernating can be it is important to stick to a healthy sleep schedule. This means going to bed and getting up at the same time. Try not to oversleep and make sure you get at least 8 hours of quality sleep.