January blues is something I have been really struggling with the moment. When the festive season is over, there is a dramatic drop in activities, festive fun and it is no longer socially acceptable to consume cheeseboards on weekday evenings.
It’s Blue Monday today, well-known as the ‘saddest day of the year.’ It was worked out using a formula by Dr. Cliff Arnall using a variety of factors such as weather, debt, time since Christmas and motivation levels. It’s arguably one of the greatest PR stunts created by Sky Travel to boost holiday booking sales, however, I thought it would be good to write a post about how I tackle January, inspired by this day.
There is a significant amount of pressure on people now to get into fitness routines, get healthy for January and start afresh with the new year. I’ll be honest, I haven’t quite got in the swing of 2019 and I haven’t managed to get into a routine that I am completely happy with yet, but I try to use these tips to make things a little easier.
Setting goals are something that many of us do in the new year, however, by the end of January, you may find that you haven’t stuck to your well-planned fitness routine and you haven’t completed a goal that you set out to do at the beginning of the year. Having realistic expectations is so important as it makes the goals you set achievable, you are more likely to do better at your chosen goal and feel better overall. I also find planning really important, if I want to achieve something I will often plan when I hope to see a result.
Keeping busy is something that I personally need to keep me sane. Identifying things that you like doing throughout January will give your mind something to focus on and you are less likely to find yourself feeling down. I try to get out of the house I can, even if it is a trip to the garden center or a local coffee shop with a book.
Gratitude is something that I practice every day when I journal, I write down 3 things that I’m grateful for each day and it provides me with perspective. It might be something really small such as a warm cup of tea or a good nights sleep. It’s a good habit to get into and it isn’t time-consuming at all so it’s one of the easier ones to practice.
Coming off technology and just taking some time to switch off is really important. I find that scrolling social media and being connected all of the time can be really draining on my mood, I’ve got into the habit of switching off my phone in the evenings and I find that I am much happier and productive. I give myself time to tidy my room or do things that I might otherwise neglect in the evenings.
I’ve spoken about hygge a few times on my blog in the past but it’s a practice which I am very fond of, it helps me feel calm. Atmosphere, comfort, and shelter are especially important for me.
Below is the Hygge manifesto:
What do you do to fight the January Blues?
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