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Things can be tough after the holidays are over. We can feel lost, wandering around in the post-festive limbo.
Things can be tough after the holidays are over. January is known for being one of the darkest and depressing months of the year, and 2021 is proving to be no different. With all the horrible news going on in the world, it would be so easy to shut off the internet, close the curtains and hibernate until it’s all over. Not only that but, if you’re anything like me, you’re still wandering around in a post-festive limbo. Add the ever-changing rules of lockdown and suddenly your brand new diary has several scribbled-out plans already.
What day is it? I don't know. Are the shop hours normal again? Your guess is as good as mine. Do we still have turkey in the freezer for sandwiches? Almost certainly.
This year more than ever before will be a very confusing and long wait until Spring.
Although difficult for many there are a variety of things you can do to safeguard yourself against overwhelming despair. While we can’t promise that you’ll be entirely free from ‘the blues‘, we can ensure that these tips should help soften the blow. Even just a little bit.
In addition to this article, check out this one by Relish Growth!
5 Ways to cope with the winter blues.
Join in on virtual classes, meet ups and seminars.
With COVID preventing us from meeting up with friends, family, and support groups, it can be difficult to handle our mental health. I’ve found myself becoming more anxious as the weeks go on and I know it’s because I’m cooped up in the house, unable to go anywhere but work and home again. So when I was contacted by The Little Surprises Company to attend Restival 2021, I jumped at the chance. Although no one is able to attend in person, we can easily join in from our office, couch, and even our kitchen.
Restival starts on Sunday 17th of January and continues through to Monday the 18th, also known as ‘Blue Monday.‘ It was started by The Little Surprises Company which offers surprise gift experiences. You definitely need to check them out if you’re in need of a pick me up a gift for someone you love. Perfect for any keyworker heroes in your area!
“This will be a digital festival intended to make us feel healthier, happier & refreshed. With everything from reflexology and healthy cooking workshops to mandala drawing and a writers’ salon, this is the perfect chance to learn something new, get creative and take some time out to look after yourself. A great way to beat the January blues, with a brilliant two days of positivity.
Following a really tricky year for all of us, with so many of us spending the majority of our week at home, Hannah-Beth Clark – founder of The Little Surprises Company decided that she wanted to plan something that people could look forward to in January, something that wouldn’t be canceled by changes to the tiering restrictions!
Set up a daily, weekly or monthly plan.
With the night creeping in so soon in the evening, it can be difficult to distract from the world around us. There’s less time spent in the garden and more spent on the couch. If you’re like me and constantly find yourself needing something to occupy your mind, why not set up your planner or calendar for the year ahead. Or you could get lost in a new hobby or an old passion.
Stuck? Here’s some suggestions to get you started.
- Clean up your To Read list. Add new ones, tick off old ones, and get rid of the ones you’ll never read.
- Set up your planner. It can be for just the week ahead, the month or if you’re ambitious, the year!
- Join in on an online class or seminar like the ones mentioned above. You can also find lots of free classes in a variety of places.
- Arrange a Zoom quiz with your pals.
- If you’re into games, get online and find a new multiplayer game to get addicted to.
- Research a new hobby like knitting, crochet, painting, clay modeling, or even glasswork (if you have the tools).
- Colouring books are also a great way to keep your hand’s busy ut with minimal effort.
Open your curtains.
A lack of sunlight during the winter months can be one of the main contributors to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). With so many of us being locked indoors unable to get our Vitamin D fix, SAD is now more prevalent than ever. Although I have the privilege of being able to take a relaxing and distanced walk around my local countryside, the same can’t be said for those within built-up areas. But there are other ways you can help yourself.
- Open your curtains and put the window on the latch.
- Get a therapy lamp to help boost your happiness.
- If you’re still heading out to work and live within a decent distance, why not switch up driving for walking?
- Take five minutes in the morning or early afternoon to stand outside and take in the fresh air.
If you’d like to read more about the positive impacts of lighting, check out How Lighting Can Impact Our Mental Health.
Don’t put pressure on yourself.
When the new year rolls around we often get caught up in setting goals or affirmations. You don’t have to, even if your friends are. Setting goals for ourselves that are unrealistic can be disheartening. Instead, if you’re going to set goals, settle for something simpler. Vow to read ten pages of a book each day or cook dinner twice a week. Start small and it’ll remain manageable.
Take a break.
Taking time out for ourselves doesn’t make us lazy or selfish, it’s necessary. Self-care is NOT selfish, and that’s the real T.
Positive psychology research has long associated gratitude with improved feelings of happiness. Its thought to improve the positive emotions we feel, allows us to hold onto good experiences, enables us to better deal with adversity, and even helps us to build and maintain healthy relationships.
Now is the best time to start practising gratitude in your daily life. It’s all to easy to get bogged down with all the negatives around us. I’m certainly someone who is a natural pessimist. Or, was. My mindset has shifted since starting my gratitude journey, and although it can be difficult at times, I much prefer the positive outlook I’ve developed.
To get started with gratitude simply write down three things you’re thankful for every day. You can do this at night or first thing in the morning, and some people even do both. Nothing is too small. Thankful for that first cup of coffee in the morning? Write it down. Your cat? Write it down.
How do you beat the post-holiday blues?
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