Mental Health & The New Year | How To Beat The January Blues


I know New Year posts are getting quite boring now and we've probably reached that point in January where you need to stop talking about the New Year, but I've mentioned a few times now about how January and the New Year seem to effect my mental health negatively (especially in my latest update post where I pretty much rambled about how stressed I am... you can read that here if you really want to, haha!) and so I thought it would make sense for me to do a post addressing some of the reasons why and also some tips to help beat the January blues, since I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one feeling this way! Mental health can be a nuisance at the best of times and but I always feel super anxious in January for some reason and I'm sure you'll know exactly what I'm talking about if you also suffer from anxiety or other mental health difficulties to be honest! In January not only do you have to say goodbye to Christmas and the fun times spent with family and food but you have to go back to the realities of work, university or school and back to the stresses of working life! Having to go back to university work is something that hit me hard this January, I suddenly realised that I could no longer use the excuse 'but it's Christmas' and I had to go back to writing my dissertation and get back to the stress of assignments, which isn't nice for anyone - let alone someone who overthinks and worries about everything! Luckily I don't have an exams this year, but I know a lot of you out there are probably stressing out over exams too - I've been there and I know how you feel.. who's smart idea was it to schedule exams in January anyway?!  I also feel like there's so much pressure in the New Year, you can't miss everyone saying 'new year, new me' and making resolutions which just creates so much anxiety for me I suppose because I'm not the biggest fan of change and I would much rather keep things the way they are! Also, don't even mention the weather, which does not help my mood in the slightest! Basically the New Year can just be daunting, there's a whole new year ahead of you and that can be scary to think about, but there are definitely things you can do to beat the January blues and look after your mental health if it all gets too much - as much as I know it's tempting to just hide under your duvet until Spring! So I hope you enjoy my little tips on how to look after yourself in January if you're feeling the pressure of the New Year and feel free to share your own in the comments below!  

GET OUTSIDE // Getting as much daylight is essential if you want to feel better anytime of year, but particularly in January when the weather isn't particularly lovely and daylight is limited. It's easy to want to stay in your comfort zone of your bed when you're feeling low, but getting outside as much as possible can honestly work wonders. Just getting out for a walk can clear your mind, allow you to spend some time with fresh air and just give you the opportunity to have a breather where you're not expected to do anything expect be for a little while. I don't know about you, but this has definitely been helping me recently! 

WRITE DOWN YOUR WORRIES // One of the things that makes me super anxious in January is the thought that I've been procrastinating so much over Christmas that I now have so much to do and I need to catch up with everything that I've been avoiding over the Christmas break. The best action plan when it comes to dealing with these worries is just to write them down. Write down everything you need to do, everything you're worried about and just get it down on paper - when it's written down in front of you it will be so much clearer in your mind and will honestly feel like such a weight off your shoulders, trust me! Also, you'll probably realise that you we're worrying way too much, you're brain was making it sound way worse that it was and that actually what you have to do is completely manageable! 

PLAN SOMETHING // Going back to reality after Christmas makes me feel really down because I have to go back to the same old, boring routine of work and university and I usually have nothing exciting to look forward to. The excitement of Christmas has got us through autumn and most of winter and now we just have to sit around and wait for something fun or exciting to happen. So why not plan something yourself?! Instead of waiting for the next occasion to roll around, plan a fun day trip, a holiday or even just a coffee date with a friend - just something that you can have written down in your diary and feel excited about! I know a lot of us don't have a lot of money in January, but it doesn't even have to be anything expensive, as long as it's something you can get excited about - do it! 

CLEAR OUT // Cleaning is pretty much my solution to everything, but I feel like we can all benefit from having a little clear out every now and again - and what better time to start than in January? It'll either work a as a good distraction from the things that are making you feel low or anxious or it'll either be a huge weight off your shoulders when you're done, and something you can tick off you're to-do list to make you feel like you've succeed in something, which always makes me feel good! I definitely live by the mantra 'tidy house, tidy mind' and in January I definitely feel like a clear out can be the perfect start to the year. 
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10 comments :

  1. I've been planning to see friends and meet up for coffees and days out which is something lovely to look forward to! I've also got a couple of blog events to go to, which means I won't be stuck for content!! :) x
    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

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    1. That sounds really good! I wish there were more blogger events near me! :) x

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  2. These are wonderful tips! I haven't had the January blues yet, but usually it strikes me on mid February for some reason :D I'll keep this in mind when it arrives!

    ♥ Jasmin N | Little Things With Jassy

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    1. Awh! I hope your February goes okay and that these really do help! :) x

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  3. What a lovely much needed post. I definitly feel more crud like in January. I love to do a big clear out, organised house/organised mind. And I really mus start taking mini breaks throughout the day to go for a walk. I have a lovely park next to me which I should take full advantage of.
    Hope your January's going well.
    Kate x

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    1. Awh! I'm so glad this helped, hopefully you get out of the slump soon! :) x

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  4. This is amazing and so so important. Especially get outside and write, I feel like that is the one thing that helps me the most! Lovely post :)

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    1. Thanks lovely! :) That definitely helps me too! x

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  5. I don't think I've been as motivated this January as I normally would, we were only a week into the new year and I managed to go over my darn foot! It's still painful, which means lots of lazying around... All I've wanted to do was go for a run haha x

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    1. Awh! :( Hope it's better soon so you can get back to feeling motivated!! x

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