Yesterday was Blue Monday- the most depressing day of the year and I would be lying if i said I wasn’t feeling down. January is (in my opinion) one of the worst months of the year. It’s cold and miserable outside, there’s barely any sun, and you’re just getting back to reality after Christmas break. Here are five things you can do to beat the January Blues this year!
1. Set goals for yourself
Set daily, weekly, and monthly goals and write them down. Then, try your best to achieve them! These goals can be big goals, like trying to go to the gym more or small goals like getting your assignments done early. No matter how big or how small these goals are, you will feel great once you cross them off your to-do list. The start of a new year is the perfect time for self improvement!
2. Get outside
I know that when it’s cold and miserable outside it is so hard to get out of your warm bed, but going outside and breathing some fresh air is so good for your body! There’s nothing worse than cabin fever! Make time every week to go for a walk with your friends or even just walk to a coffee shop instead of driving! Even if it’s just for a few minutes, the fresh, crisp, winter air can do a lot for your mental health.
3. Eat good food
When I say good food, I mean good for your body. After eating tons of unhealthy food over the holiday season, I know how hard it can be to adjust your diet. Eating crappy food makes you feel crappy, so try to incorporate some healthier options!
4. Rest and Reflect
Take time to rest and reflect on your accomplishments. Rest your body by sleeping well and not over exerting yourself. If you’re having a bad day, take a minute to think about how much has changed in your life in the past year, and recognize how much you’ve accomplished. Give yourself a pat on the back.
5. Don’t beat yourself up
Everyone has bad days, but not everybody admits it. January is a tough time of year for a lot of people so you’re not alone if you’re feeling down! If you don’t achieve all of your goals for the particular week, don’t beat yourself up over it!
Let me know in the comments how you beat the January Blues!
Until next time,