It’s perfectly normal and very common to feel a little down during January. For many it’s the anti-climax of the festive period. You’ve either had an amazing time and it’s suddenly over, or you didn’t and everyone else seemingly did. We have to go back to work, things like deadlines begin to loom large once more and the weather isn’t exactly helping…

Some people head to the January sales with the prospect of getting a bargain giving them a much needed boost – for bag news click the link – and many more hit the gym with new fitness goals and achievements in mind.

So, what can you do to help tackle the January blues? Well, try these 5 tips to help you get through. And don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Remember that this is completely normal

As mentioned above. Feeling low in January is completely normal. So much so that it has the name January Blues! There are also many biological reasons why people have a lack of energy and a low mood this time of year, so remembering that this is a totally natural response might also help you feel better about the situation.

Seek daylight

The nights are still long, and daylight hours are limited. And without the anticipation of Christmas to look forward to, things can seem pretty bleak. So, make the effort to seek out as much daylight as possible. Take every chance you can to spend time outdoors, whether that’s a quick walk around the office during your lunch break, or even sitting and having your morning coffee in the window as the sun comes up. A good dose of vitamin D will certainly give you a boost.

Don’t get bogged down with New Year’s Resolutions

All your friends might have them, whether it’s “loose weight”, “save money”, or “be more organised” but the truth is, these are all so very vague and have no structure. So they’re basically setting themselves up to fail. Don’t feel the pressure to change anything, but if you are looking to make a small change, then start with something small. You could promise to “only work for 2 hours max on the weekends” or something along those lines. If you do it, you’ll feel better and you’ll probably succeed.

Exercise

Exercise has obvious health benefits, but did you know it’s also a great mood booster? It eliminates stress and helps you cope with anxiety and worry. The gym might be a little rammed this time of year, but don’t worry – a simple brisk walk every day for 10 minutes is enough to get your heart pumping and you feeling better. You’ll get some daylight too!

Eat properly

There might be lots of Christmas treats left over, and when we’re low we tend to go for foods that are high in fat and sugar. These give us a momentary high and then we crash again, usually feeling worse. Eat plenty of leafy veggies, fruit and nuts. Your body and mind will thank you for it.

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