Mental Health

January Blues

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January Blues

January sucks

It just does. I can’t think of a single argument to suggest otherwise. Here’s why:

Everyone is skint

Christmas, while lovely, is expensive. And most people get paid early in December, which seems great at the time, because you have extra money for those last minute Christmas bits… but then everything goes back to normal and you realise that you’ve got to survive on no money until your next pay day.

January is ugly, compared to December

With Christmas comes fairy lights. Everything is prettier when it’s covered in fairy lights. So December is beautiful. Everywhere you look, there are lights and decorations and then, in January, it all gets put away and everything just looks boring and dull.

I struggle to get motivated

I have lots of goals for this year. I want to lose another 3.5st and increase my income, by making a success of both my blog and my CWP business. But I struggle to get going in January. I feel down and sluggish and lonely. January is just such a massive slump after the excitement of December.

January Blues

So how do we survive January?

Remember, it’s temporary

January feels like the longest month of the year. Four days in and I’m already sick of it. But it’s actually only 31 days long (I promise) and it will eventually be over.

Fake it until you make it

All those things you can’t be bothered to do? Do them anyway. I’ve got goals for this year and I’m determined to achieve them, even if I don’t feel like it right now. Look at the big picture and do things you don’t feel like doing. Imagine how good you’ll feel when it’s done. Whether it’s kickstarting your diet, getting more exercise, sorting out your finances, changing your job… just do it! Or at least take the first steps to making it happen. The month will go more quickly if you’re busy, anyway, and you’ll feel amazing when you achieve what you set out to do.

If you’re struggling with your mental health

Know that you are not alone. January (winter in general, really) is a really common time for people to struggle and it’s not difficult to understand why. The January blues are a real and terrible thing. Speak to someone, anyone. Your GP is a good start. Make an appointment, if you feel that you need extra support. Don’t suffer on your own. If you’ve read my posts before, you might be sick of me saying that, but it really does help to open up and talk to someone.

And if you’re worried that someone in your life is struggling – be the one to reach out. I’ve mentioned this before, too, but sometimes it can be really difficult to open up and talk to someone about how you’re feeling, when you’re struggling with your mental health. Make sure they know that you’re there for them, if they need support or someone to talk to. Don’t hint at it – be explicit. Don’t just assume that they know.

Don’t worry, folks – Summer is just around the corner!

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