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We know that this time of year can be a little deflating, especially after the bright fun of the holidays. That’s why we’ve put together a list of things to might help you to beat those January blues.
- Take time to get outside
A bit of fresh air can do you an absolute world of good. Take a hike or even just head to your local park. After the indulgences of Christmas, it is super refreshing to get outside. Not only that but being in a green space can help you to reach a positive mental state. Perhaps you could get the whole family involved and head out on a nature trail or wrap up warm for a winter picnic.
2. Cook your favorite foods
When the weather is cold and you’re stuck inside, it’s the perfect time to be stirring at the stove or popping something delicious in the oven. Whether it’s baking something sweet or creating a new savory something to share with friends, it’s definitely one way to beat the January blues. If you’re cooking up a storm you could even invite friends and family to enjoy your efforts. A table brimming with food surrounded by your loved ones is usually a good antidote to any problem. Of course, our favorite foods usually involve cheese!
3. Dance it out!
After all the Christmas songs in December, you might have forgotten to listen to your favorite music. Find a playlist that you love, crank up the volume and have a good dance to get all that tension out. Even better, head to a local dance class. Whether it’s some street dance or a bit of ballroom with someone you love, all that movement is sure to banish any winter blues.
4. Don’t give yourself unrealistic expectations
The New Year can be a time that makes you feel like you need to set huge goals or create resolutions that change your whole lifestyle. For lots of us, this can be more stressful than calming. Why not give yourself a break and set yourself some realistic goals that won’t push you to feel under pressure. One simple change, or something you would like to achieve this year, is enough!
5. Plan a holiday
We all need a break now and then and now might be the perfect time for you to plan one. It doesn’t have to be far away or overseas, a local break can be just as refreshing as a holiday on the beach. If that’s not possible right now, why not spend a day as a tourist in your local area? See the sights, eat some delicious food, even treat yourself to a hotel stay and get some proper rest. If it’s the cold winter that is getting you down, then planning for a summer holiday might be the perfect thing to look forward to. Put a countdown in your calendar so that you can enjoy the run up!
How do you like to beat the January blues? Let us know in the comments!