Subtle ways to beat the January Blues

January 15th is known as blue monday and is considered the most depressing day of the year. It first started in 2005 and usually falls on the third Monday in January, marking the point in the month where people have completely finished with Christmas and are getting back into the real world.

The come down from Christmas is coupled with being skint, going back to work and having to resist those tubs of heroes left over from the holidays. But that shouldn’t mean that you have to suffer. There’s a million and one things that you can do to help you to beat those January blues.


Exercise releases endorphins which is are the hormones that make us naturally more happy. Not only will it give you a chemical lift, the actual act of working out will get you out of the house as well as meeting new people (if you dare). It might also coincide with your New Years resolutions which will give you and added sense of accomplishment and purpose.

Try Something New

Whether you’re starting a new class, taking up a new hobby, going hiking, or just trying a new recipe each week, trying something new can shake things up and give you a new perspective on things. Why not use this time to try something that you have always wanted to do? A lot of people, myself included – would love to take up a martial arts class but have always put it off. Why not make this the year you go for it?

Plan A Trip

If you’re low on funds and can’t get out and do something right now, then why not start planning a trip for later on in the year? It doesn’t have to be an expensive trip, maybe just a day trip on the train to a neighbouring city, but you can spend the next couple of weeks getting excited about something in the near future, do the research and find the perfect place to go. This will also give you the chance to save up and be able to afford everything that you want to do on your trip whilst not making a big fat hole in your pocket right now.

Sunlamp And Plants

Obviously, you can’t spend the month just doing fun things, you do have to work too. But you can introduce some things into your work life to help give you a little lift. Buy a sunlamp and a plant for your desk; the sunlight will boost your vitamin D and the plant with clear the air around you and help you be more creative and focused.

Call the Doctor

If you are feeling extremely low, then you might want to talk to a doctor for some help. Rather than waiting for a GP appointment you can speak to a Dr online and get advice faster. Whilst it’s always good to go and see a doctor face to face, nowadays, with the huge stress placed on the NHS by our current government, we may have to start looking to more accessible means for our health – online doctors are our answer. 

Hang Out

Over the holidays you find yourself spending a lot of time with friends and family, going out for meals and having a generally bloody swell time. But when January rolls around those times suddenly stop. But why should they? Get people together and either stay in or go out – just spend time with the people you love and just enjoy each other’s company. 

Make A Change

Maybe you need to shake things up for a New Year New You vibe. Why not go and have your get a swanky new hair cut or give your wardrobe a big shakeup. These two things are paramount to making you feel your best. If you’ve got a new do and some new threads then not only will you look like a new person, you’ll feel like one too.


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