Everyday tips and tricks to dealing with January

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Everyday tips and tricks to dealing with January

January, or as I like to call it ‘Jaaaanuuuuaaary’, can be one hell of a long month. Payday seems like forever away, the post-Christmas come down hits us in the worst way, and just overall pretty much nothing exciting happens in January. It’s also a month of change, or at least that is what is expected of us. With all the ‘New Year, new me’ pressure around us, it’s easy for us to feel like we must try and change ourselves and our behaviours, when really, there’s nothing wrong with who we are in the first place. Saying that, there’s nothing wrong with some self-improvement!

January can get the better of us, and it’s clear to see why. Here are some everyday tips and tricks to try and get us through the month together, as optimistic as possible.

  • Keeping active: It’s super important that we don’t allow ourselves to turn into a couch potato and hibernate, no matter how tempting it may be. Not only will it make us sleepy, but we’re letting our body down as exercising makes the heart stronger. The cold weather is the perfect time to start as it can instant boost your mood; as the body works harder to keep warm, the number of endorphins produced also increases leaving you feeling much more positive. The hardest part about exercising is starting and pushing yourself to do it.

 

  • Taking up a new hobby: Remember all those things you promised you’d start, or learn, but something else kept getting in the way? Now is your chance to try them out or start something completely new! Give yourself something to look forward to each day – whether that be joining a new club or putting some time aside for something you enjoy doing after school. Maybe try and learn a new language or picking up an old hobby that you used to love doing before you got overloaded with school work. You’ll regret not starting it sooner.

 

  • Spending time with others: Surrounding yourself with loved ones is a great way to break up school/work time, and personal/you time. For a few hours let your mind relax and have freedom from the worries that are stopping you from being social and spending time with people you actually want to see. Don’t feel like leaving the house? Invite a friend round. Spending too much time in the house? Go on a walk or pop into town. Just being around people who apricate you can make a huge difference.

 

  • Talk it through: It’s perfectly fine if you’re struggling this month, but what’s not fine is keeping it to yourself in hopes it will just get better. Opening up can be tricky, you don’t have to tell everyone you meet, but don’t underestimate the power and help of a friend. You never know who may be feeling the same way you do, and people do care about what you have to say. A problem shared is a problem halved.

 

Although it is common for most people to feel like this throughout January, it is important to realise if it’s affecting you more than it should. If you find you’re feeling down often and that it’s getting in the way of your day to day life, it’s probably more than just the January blues.

If you need someone to talk, or want more information, you can contact any of the services below;

MIND – Hull and East Yorkshire Mind Infoline

Tel: 01482 240133 (Monday to Friday 9am to 4:30pm)

info@HEYMind.org.uk

Samaritans

Tel: 116 123

NHS 111

Tel: 111

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