If you’re feeling down this time of year, you’re not alone.
In fact, many people in the UK feel especially down in January. The reason for this could be a number of things; feeling lonely after spending time with your loved ones over the Christmas period, going back to work or even the long January wait for payday.
The January blues are different to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), they are more of a situational depression, associated with how we feel. SAD is a mood disorder where depression is felt seasonally and is believed to be linked to lack of sunlight.
Symptoms of the January blues are things such as low mood and sadness, lack of motivation, tiredness and low energy. These things combined with an after Christmas cold and the excessive food and drink you’ve been consuming, can make for a pretty horrible few weeks.
There are ways to get yourself out of this New Year’s rut though. Firstly, self-care. Take a day for yourself, have a hot bath, binge watch your favourite series and allow yourself to re-charge. Taking 10 minutes to practise meditation or mindfulness can also help, it will allow your mind some peace from the busy back to work period.
Doing some light exercise, drinking plenty of water and ensuring you’re eating food that isn’t all beige are also good ways to tackle the tiredness and fatigue you may be feeling. Lastly, setting goals and working towards finishing any projects you’ve recently started will help to motivate you both in work and your personal life.
Please remember that if you are feeling low and you’re really struggling, it is important to seek professional medical advice from your GP or call the Samaritans at 116 123. Please be kind to yourself and know that you’re not alone.