Whatever the month is, we always want to feel our best. But January tends to be particularly difficult for some both financially and emotionally.
Following a month where there has been plenty of time off work and festive fun, it can feel like a bit of a downward trajectory - but it doesn’t need to be.
Change your assumptions
January isn’t exactly associated with vibrancy and joy. But that’s part of the problem. As soon as we take on that assumption, we feel obliged to digest it. Make an effort to consciously change this assumption in exchange for a positive attitude. Try to wake up each day on a mission to enjoy it for what it is!
Remember that fun doesn’t have to be expensive
As fun as December is, it can be somewhat financially burdening, leaving you to lock yourself away for January. So, it’s time to get creative. Plan a fun game night with friends. Go for a walk in a completely new area. Make a meal from scratch. Have a movie night. Challenge a friend or your spouse to plan a date under a certain budget.
Sometimes our emotions can be heightened when we feel like we’re alone. This is why it’s important to talk to friends, family, or a professional about the way you’re feeling. They might be able to relate to or even rationalise your emotions.
Don’t place so much pressure on New Year’s Resolutions
Having a goal can provide focus and motivation - but it can also bring stress and pressure. It’s important to remember that whether it’s a goal or a New Year’s Resolution, no journey is ever completely linear. Use your days off track to provide you with motivation to get back on track on the following day.
Top-up on vitamin D
Some studies have shown that Vitamin D is important for regulating mood and decreasing the risk of depression. This is why it’s important to get outside in the sunlight as often as you can - or top-up your levels with food and drink such as orange juice, salmon, egg yolk or a trusted vitamin D supplement.