So last Monday (21st) was said to be the most depressing day of the year. There are plenty of reasons why people can feel down in January. Firstly it’s cold-we are missing our Vitamin D and our body is crying out for sunlight (hence why January is supposedly one of the most popular times to book holidays for the summer). Secondly, people are less inclined to leave the house and socialise and instead many remain tucked up in bed. Thirdly, many of us will be experiencing a downer after the wonderful Christmas season, that has left us broke and sentimental.
Now, last January I was moping and feeling sorry for myself, missing family and feeling very alone. It was not, to say the least, a pleasant month.
However, this year I have decided to be more proactive. Firstly, I am making the effort to see people. It was so lovely last week ad-midst all my work, to take a night off and spend the night at my friends watching a movie, chatting and just generally getting out the house. Then, the following evening, my housemate and I had five friends come over and the night after that, I had an amazing night at the O2 dancing in my wellies.
Secondly, I went to the gym yesterday (as soon as my project was handed in). Admittedly over the exam period, I was slack at exercising but after going yesterday I felt a lot happier, and it helped release some of the stress from the last two weeks. I’m off there again tomorrow. Also, I think, even with all the snow, go outside occasionally Even if it’s just to a newsagent to buy a loaf of bread, fresh air and a bit of movement means that you don’t feel like you are constantly in the four walls of your bedroom/living room.
Thirdly, I am starting to think of little things to motivate me and to look forward to. For instance, my boyfriend and I have started to think about a holiday for the summer. Even if a holiday isn’t actually booked until much later, it’s nice to give yourself a light at the end of the tunnel.. quite literally. Many people are low in cash right now and so it’s not worth being unrealistic with yourself and booking something you can’t afford, but perhaps you could set out a savings plan for the next few months, just so you can treat yourself for when all the hard work of this year is over.
Finally, find the good things about winter. One of my favourite foods is home-cooked soup and bread. Maybe do some baking, or some drawing or reading-things that can be done inside that you never really get round to doing otherwise.
Okay, so I’ve pretended I am very knowledgeable in this post, which definitely is not the case. However, personally I am feeling much better this January (particularly now exams and my project are finished) and I think some of these changes from last year have helped.
Any other suggestions are more than welcome 🙂