January can feel like an uphill battle when it’s cold and the sun sets at 4.30pm but it’s important that you try to stay positive. Low mood and motivation is extremely common in the Winter months, and can also be a symptom of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). We’re sharing 5 ideas to help overcome the blues:
1. Act of Kindness
It’s proven that doing an act of kindness lifts your mood and makes you feel good about yourself. Try making some extra dinner for your flatmates or pay a compliment to a stranger. The list is endless!
2. Gratitude list
Every night write down 5 things that you’re thankful for. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel and how much the little things really affect you. This can be anything from being thankful for your friends or even another episode of your favourite show being aired! Remember the January Blues are only for the first month.
3. Spend time outside
Get wrapped up and step outside. A bit of fresh air does wonders for your wellbeing and can really help to put a different perspective onto things. Also, exercise releases endorphins which will instantly make you feel better.
4. Watch your favourite programme
Sometimes all we really need to do is switch off from the world, stick on our favourite programme and eat our favourite comfort meal – and that’s ok!
5. Cut yourself some slack
It’s important to listen to your body. If you want to cancel plans to stay inside then do it, don’t push yourself too far. If you’re feeling a bit down then don’t beat yourself up. Bad days are normal and everyone has them, be patient with yourself and treat yourself how you’d treat others.
If you’re struggling don’t be afraid to talk to someone or visit www.mind.org.uk