“The January Blues” come around every year, and yet, we always seem to be caught off-guard. It’s natural for moods to dip a little following December’s merriment, but with the double whammy of COVID-19 still looming over us, it’s easy to see why this year may feel a little tougher than usual.
But try not to worry, as your mood and motivation can be lifted again with a little know-how. We’ve put together some mood-boosting tips to give you the best start to 2021 and help you beat the January blues:
LIFT YOUR MOOD WITH FEEL-GOOD FOOD
When you’re feeling a little low, your first thought might be to reach for the chocolate box. While milk and white chocolate are a naughty-but-nice treat, studies show that dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants and nutrients, making it a superfood favourite. Plus, it stimulates the production of endorphins to create feelings of pleasure. So, if you’ve dreamt of eating chocolate every day, now you have an excuse - you can thank us later.
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DANCE LIKE NO ONE’S WATCHING
Because they’re probably not, thanks to COVID-19. Luckily, there are plenty of online workouts and fitness communities to give you the motivation you need to exercise at home. From live dance classes to yoga on YouTube, try to look for ways to change up your regular exercise routine. After all, variety is the spice of life.
Researchers at the Universities of York and Sheffield found that while most forms of exercise stimulate endorphins, dancing releases more endorphins than typical aerobic movement - it stimulates an emotional release that other forms of exercise don’t necessarily do. So what are you waiting for?
GET INTO A ROUTINE
Prioritising what is important to you is key to starting a new routine. So set yourself some small, manageable goals that you can tick off. Whether it’s making the bed or preparing lunch for the next day, keep in mind that creating a new routine isn’t always fun. But there are ways to make it more enjoyable. Find a good playlist for cleaning, listen to a podcast while making breakfast, or light a soothing candle as you plan your week. You’re more likely to stick to a routine when you make it more fun and don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
TAKE IT EASY
There’s nothing like a little ‘me time’ at the end of each day to help banish the January blues. From running a relaxing bath to settling down with your favourite book, try to set aside time to wind down on an evening. You’ll support your mental wellbeing, which helps you feel better, sleep better and have better relationships with the people around you. So treat yourself – you deserve it.