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Monday, 15 January 2018

Five Ways To Make January Not So Blue.

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January can be a difficult month to get through for a lot of people. It's dark, the weather is a mostly cold wet and miserable which really doesn't help your mood. Especially for those who suffer with SADS. None of us have any money, we've all been over spending before and around Christmas, maybe in the sales too, and a lot of people have a much bigger gap between payday over theses two months. It can really take it's toll on you, not to mention the feeling of promise and excitement of a new year may have worn off by now, and the reality of failed resolutions or plans may be setting in.

While I'm not sure I believe all of this can build up and make Blue Monday the worst day of the year, I do think they make the month a little trying at times. It's something I used to really struggle with. I look forward to Christmas for so much of the year, and all of a sudden it's over. All the decorations are down, leaving everything very sad and plain. Feeling as if you have to make grand plans and make lists of resolutions to join in the excitement with everyone else. Also feeling the stress of spending so much at Christmas time, feeling limited until the next payday. It can all get to you, making you feel really quite low, and as if everything is rubbish when it's actually not.

I wanted to change this a few years ago, I was sick of the feeling and wanted to have a different outlook on January, so I did just that. Of course it's not as simple as just deciding to do it, it takes time and work. But I managed, and these are some of the things I did to help with that. I now enjoy January for what is it, just as you should with any month.

Embrace the cold weather! I say this for a few reasons. One, is that getting up, dressed and out can do wonders for your mood at any time of year. Getting out into the fresh -albeit cold air, can wake you up, and of course the exercise helps, even if you're just going for a walk around the park, or to the shops. But it also makes being at home all the better too. Coming home to cosy blankets and a night of tea and tv, can be so much more inviting once you've been outside and away from it. It makes you happy to be home, and able to enjoy it more. Do you remember when you were little and playing in the snow until your fingers were frozen? Well, the feeling you had when you eventually went inside and got your cosy warm pyjamas on. It's that kind of thing.

Don't Make Resolutions!! New Years resolutions can be great for some people, and some do have huge success with them, but for most, they just bring the feeling of failure. Instead of setting out a list of grand plans for the next 12 months, and completely overwhelming your brain, just concentrate on making this year a better one than the last. Do it slowly as you go, don't set deadlines. If you want to improve you're diet, great -but start small and work it into your life. Don't give yourself the stress of unrealistic tasks.

Make Plans! I don't mean extravagant holidays or anything nearly as grand, although if you do happen to have any booked, then start thinking about it. Make notes of what you want to do while there, learn a few things about the place you'll be visiting. Anything that is exciting, and reminds you that January will pass, and the low mood will too. But also make plans in the meantime too, small things like a movie day with friends, or taking the dogs for a walk somewhere you don't usually go. Things that don't cost a lot of money, but allow you to get out and be social, that will in turn lift your mood.

Make Your Home More Enjoyable!! We should all love our homes, they should be where we enjoy spending our time. And during months like January when you feel almost forced to stay home sometimes, it's good to do little things that help you feel better about it all. Light candles, makes piles of your favourite books to read, do a little baking to use up any lingering Christmas chocolate. Do little things that make it more relaxing for you.

Clean Up and Clear Out! If you are feeling a little fed up, and need to feel more productive, having a clear out can sometimes be the best thing for you -and January is the best time to do it. I feel like this every year! You seem to gather stuff as the year goes on, stuff you maybe didn't want or things you no longer have a use for. After Christmas I like to have a good clear out and free up space for more important things. The saying "tidy house, tidy mind" is true. If you feel fed up because things feel cluttered, then bite the bullet and get rid of it, you will feel so much better afterwards. Plus getting off the sofa and doing something to take your mind off your mood can sometimes change your mindset completely.

I do understand that for some it wont be as easy as this, these are just small things I did to help stop myself thinking of January as a miserable time. And instead, enjoy the fact that it's a slower month, when you have the chance to do things at home. Or the excuse to stay in and watch box sets on Netflix.
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  1. I've started to make more plans with my friends already this year! I've really started to learn the importance of taking a few hours out of my week to catch up with people!
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