Please tell me that I am not the only one who appears to suffer from seasonal affective disorder? When winter starts to close in, the cold weather starts to play havoc with me. My joints start to cease up, my fatigue gets worse and if that wasn’t enough… my skin starts to dry out. But somehow, in the run up to Christmas, the festive cheer always helps to give me a boost.
However, as the new year draws in, the January blues closely follow. The New Year is a chance for goal setting and positivity but it also feels like the longest month. This means that a dip in mood can be felt.
- The days feel longer and darker
- The fatigue feels heavier
- The negativity feels overpowering
This drop in mood can be hard for any healthy person to content with, and it can be even harder for those already battling a chronic illness. The spoons are certainly in short supply.
I don’t want to focus on the negative so I will move quickly on.
So can we do more to beat the January blues? Of course we can. Sometimes we need a little inspiration and a push in a positive direction.
- Invest time in your self-care
Make an effort to up your skincare game. I’m not just talking about cleansing, toning and moisturising. I have been mimicking the spa treatment at home. I have found a quick guide to facial massage online and have been doing this every evening during my cleanse routine. One word – AMAZING.
2. Hygge (pronounced Hyooguh)
‘Hygge’ is a Danish and Norwegian word for a feeling of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. I have purchase some new bedding and new blankets. Every evening, when I get home from work I change into loungewear, light candles around the house and get cuddled up for the evening. It is my favourite way to relax after a long day.
I truly believe that laughter is good for the soul. So, there cannot be any better way to beat the January blues than with laughter.
I logged onto Netflix earlier in the month and saw that ‘Benidorm’ was available to watch. Fast forward 2 weeks and I have nearly completed all 10 seasons – I am not ashamed. I have laughed until I have cried. It has been a delight. If ‘Benidorm’ is too low brow for you, there are plenty of other shows to watch for a laugh.
I always love to discover new tricks for boosting a positive mood. I think it is important to keep a check on our mental wellbeing. Have you tried any new routines? Leave me a comment and I may try some out.