Sure, the Christmas festivities are over; you’ve run out of excuses to wear funny yuletide sweaters, buy party dresses and consume copious amounts of champagne, but January needn’t be your dreaded month. All is not lost. Here are some expert tips to battle the January blues:
1. Have a lie in
January 3rd is the Festival of sleep day when we are all encouraged to lie in and get some much needed shut eye to recharge after the holiday excess.
2. Find any excuse to celebrate
Surely you must know someone whose birthday it is?
3. Hug it out
January 21 marks national hugging day. This event isn’t a public holiday (yet), but that shouldn’t stop you from making someone’s day and getting a little happy dust yourself while enjoying a hug. Even a 20-second hug can seriously reduce your stress levels, so share the love.
4. Get physical
Exercise is one of the greatest natural remedies. You don’t have to sign up for a triathlon to release those feel-good endorphins, even walking, biking, taking a hike or going for a quick swim will get those stress-busting happy hormones going.
5. Find a reason to laugh each and every day
There are so many things worth smiling about.
6. Eat right
Yes, you might have gone a bit overboard with well, everything last month, but don’t starve yourself to compensate for all those mince pies. Skipping meals can lower your blood pressure which impacts your energy levels and thus, your mood too.
Just when you feel like getting your hermit on is precisely the time to do the opposite. Human contact can get you out of your rut.
If you can’t get yourself to where you’d rather be, transport your mind there instead. THIS is the time for getting lost in those great books. Before you know it, spring will have sprung.
Rosie Bell is an international travel writer, author of the book “Escape To Self”, and content editor for Club Elsewhere. Follow her on Instagram @TheBeachBell.