January is known as the “gloomiest month of the year” and it’s easy to see why. The festive period has come to an end, it’s cold outside and we’re all back at work feeling quite down and depressed. However, there’s plenty of ways you can improve your mood this season. Here are five easy ways to feel better and finally say goodbye to those January blues.
1. Forget New Year resolutions
Many of us make new year resolutions in January that never last long, making us feel disappointed when we don’t keep up with them. Instead of worrying about keeping to that new diet or saving a certain amount of money per week, enjoy your life and don’t make yourself any promises you can’t keep. This will ease the pressure and if you do decide to make a New Year resolution, make sure it’s something you know you can see through.
2. Light a fire
One of the main reasons why we all feel so down in January is because of the cold weather. A great way to make yourself feel better, is to stay warm with a real coal fire. The flames will not only warm you up, but real coal fires will also create a cosy atmosphere that will help make you feel better and forget those January blues.
3. Get some exercise
You can fight depression and improve your health, fitness, and wellbeing with some exercise. You don’t have to join the gym and pay a monthly fee to feel the benefits of exercise. Go for a brisk walk or do some indoor exercises at home. Just 30 minutes of exercise per day can improve your overall mood and help you feel much better in no time.
4. Don’t be too hard on yourself
It’s important to take it easy on yourself sometimes. If you have a lot of stress or pressure on you this month, take some time to yourself and try to ease some of the weight on your shoulders.
5. Socialise with friends
If you’re feeling down, try reaching out to some friends or family members. Socialising with friends can be a great way to improve your mood and talking to someone about your worries or anxieties can be a great help. Just because the festive season has ended doesn’t mean you have to stop having a good time. Gather your friends for a game night or head out for some drinks and a good catch up.