21st January 2020
Are you feeling a bit down this January? The start of a new year can be gloomy, but it doesn’t have to be that way. January is typically considered to be the most depressing month of the year and we’ve even just got past what’s called ‘Blue Monday’. After the excitement and hype of the Christmas holidays, returning back to normal life hits you like a ton of bricks. The cold weather also certainly doesn’t help! But there are ways you can make this month much more upbeat.
Here are some of our tips for beating the winter blues…
We get it, winter is cold! But that doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. Wrap up warm with several layers and enjoy the fresh air away from your house or university. During the colder months we find ourselves sticking to the indoors which limits our ability to receive the benefits of daylight. Taking a short walk can do wonders for increasing our energy and mood levels.
Whether you’ve made getting into shape a part of your new year’s resolutions or not, regular exercise is proven to help brighten mood, improve sleep and reduce stress. Signing up a gym can be beneficial but this isn’t your only option. Going for a run, signing up to a sports or dance group, or working out at home can help improve your physical well-being and thus help brighten your day.
Similar to the previous point, eating a healthy balanced diet is an important factor in how we feel. If you end up eating loads of junk food then chances are you’re not going to be feeling spectacular. Eating healthy will help reduced symptoms of depression and improve your overall mood. Due to the lack of sun, vitamin D deficiency is also believed to play a part in lower mood and energy levels. You may want to consider vitamin D supplements to help bring your intake up until spring hits. You can even buy a light therapy lamp which are designed to alleviate symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
You treated family and friends in December, but why not turn the attention to yourself now? Self compassion is extremely important for making us feel better about ourselves and the world we live in. Either have a day just to yourself or go on a shopping binge for the products that have recently been on your mind. You deserve it!
As humans we need a social life to function properly, so don’t let studying or a lack of energy get in the way of socialising with your friends. Arrange a fun activity together or even just pick up the phone and have a good natter. If your mood is particularly low, we recommend opening up to someone you can trust, visiting your local GP, or seeking professional help.