This blog post might be a little late in the game considering it’s nearly February, but I felt the need to write this all the same and if it helps just one person beat those January Blues, then it served its purpose.
I guess the year of 2021 didn’t get off to the greatest of starts with the lockdown and the normal January blues might have just been a little tougher on some of you this year, myself included! However, I thought I would put together a little list of what has helped me cope, in hopes that one of these tips could help you too.
Go For A Walk
Don’t get cooped up in your apartment/house for too long, make sure you try and get some fresh air everyday. I feel this is super important and definitely something I need to do for my mental health. If I miss a day, I can really feel it and it just makes me feel a bit down in the dumps. Try going for a run or if you have a bike, go for a cycle. Just move your body in general! Getting as much daylight and fresh air as possible is really going lift your mood and I don’t know about you but I am loving these lighter evenings already. Roll on Spring!
Start a hobby
Yes, I know that you could jump on the current trends that have been going on during the past 2 lockdowns, with TikTok and banana bread baking, but you don’t have to follow the crowd, rather come up with something YOU want to do. For example, I am ashamed to say that Gareth bought me a keyboard for one of my birthdays years ago and I still don’t know how to play. I really want to learn but I have just been too lazy. I am going to make much more of an effort this month and really try to learn at least one song. I’ll keep you posted.
At the beginning of the year, I was all like “this is it!” I am on a health detox! But it didn’t work out as planned. For starters it’s my birthday month and I never want to be super healthy around this time (it’s no fun), so even starting dry January was a no-go for me. But my birthday has now been and gone and I feel so sluggish and unmotivated because I’ve been eating junk food and drinking bottles of prosecco (no regrets). I am definitely not saying that you need to cut anything out of your diet, I am just saying that getting into a healthier routine will honestly make you feel so much better. February is the new January for me!
I don’t know about you, but I am not a massive fan of exercise, but I am a huge fan of how I feel after I have worked out. The biggest task for me is just to start working out, I always try and make excuses but not anymore. Gareth and I recently bought a treadmill and some weights – I am too excited. During lockdown and with gyms closed, we decided to make an investment in something that will make us both feel good. Plus we don’t have to go out in the cold – which was another excuse we used to use haha.
Read a Book
I have so many books that I am yet to read and that is one goal that I am setting for myself. As soon as I get into bed, I am putting the phone down and picking up my book. I feel this is going to help me sleep so much better and help with getting me through those January Blues.