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How to beat the January blues

Read these 7 tips on how to get over the dreaded January blues.

The fridge is depleted after the festive binge. It’s dark and cold. And you’re back at work.
Cue the January blues.

Anyone can suffer from them. But since they’re seasonal, here are some steps you can take to ensure they don’t get you down.

Click here to discover 8 useful tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing at work.

7 ways to counter the January blues

Book a holiday
Why not take your mind off the wet and cold by booking a summer holiday?

Giving yourself something to look forward to could release endorphins which make you feel good about yourself. So while your colleagues mope around during the first few weeks back to work, you’ll have a big smile on your face at the thought of lounging in a deckchair and soaking up the sun.

What’s more, you can often find discounted flights and hotel deals during January, so you could land yourself a bargain.

Set a goal for the year
Set a goal (or goals) to give yourself something to focus on and work towards during the year.

Boosting your motivation and determination during a month that’s generally regarded as depressing and lethargic could work wonders for your mental health.

You could aim to learn an instrument, lose weight, join a sports team, or even write a novel.

Get plenty of fresh air
Shortened winter days make you want to stay indoors and keep warm.

But it’s important to ensure you get a healthy dose of fresh air, as it can energise you and boost your immune system.

Try going for a walk during your lunch hour and take advantage of the limited light.

Eat a balanced diet
Everyone overindulges during the festive period.

Waistbands expand, and jeans that fitted comfortably at the beginning of December might feel tighter come the beginning of January.

But you shouldn’t fall into the trap of starving yourself or skipping meals to counter the holiday binge.

Instead follow a balanced diet, combined with regular moderate exercise, to burn away the excess calories.

Increase your vitamin D intake
Sunlight provides one of your main sources of vitamin D. And studies show that the vitamin offers mood-boosting benefits.

And since the days are typically short, grey, and wet during the British winter; it’s important to get your vitamin D intake from another source.

Foods such as fortified breakfast cereals, eggs, and fish such as sardines, herrings and salmon are all strong sources of vitamin D.

Maintain your social calendar
Your social life shouldn’t stop just because the holidays are over and the New Year has passed.

If you go a while without seeing friends or leaving the house for some form of social activity, you could end up feeling down.

So make sure you catch up with your friends regularly and plan things to do during the month.

Take a moment to reflect
Have you ever considered that January might not be the true cause of your ‘blues’?

Dissatisfaction at work, financial problems, or family or marital problems could be the true source of your feelings.

Taking a moment to reflect on what’s really causing your low feelings could work wonders for your long-term mental health. Because once you’ve isolated the problem, you can work towards a solution.