Unless you are one of the very few people who manage to spend January on a sun drenched beach with a drink in their hand, then for most, Christmas has been and gone in the blink of an eye and as we go back to work, it’s no surprise that January and getting back to normal life is looking pretty gloomy.
There are many reasons why people feel low after Christmas e.g. weight gain, self-reflection, family tension, money worries or other, but it can be easy to beat the blues.
Generally people gain between 5 and 7lbs in weight over Christmas but it doesn’t have to be permanent. You could lose up to 2lb a week by eating healthier, cutting back on treats/snacks, decreasing portion size and limiting alcohol. Exercise is an excellent way of losing those extra pounds and toning up.
It’s always hard going back to work after the Christmas holidays with many people feeling tired, miserable and lacking in personal fulfilment. Why not turn these feelings around by examining your existing role and seeing what you can do to make your job more interesting. What are your strengths? Where can you go next in your career? Maybe consider talking to a business coach for help and advice.
It’s easy to make unrealistic New Year’s resolutions in order to become your ideal person but why not consider what is already good about your life and take stock of everything you feel grateful for now. Instead of focusing on what’s missing in your life, feel motivated to make achievable changes. Everyone makes mistakes, learning from them and moving on is what’s important.
Christmas is the time when we spend time cooped up with our families and this can often lead to tensions. If any arguments or conflicts have taken place over the festive period, try and resolve them as soon as possible. If you don’t, you’ll continue feeling miserable throughout the month. If you find you can’t ring or speak face to face, why not try writing apologising via a letter or by giving a thoughtful gift.
If you’ve spent too much money and you’re worried about your job, it is a good idea to keep a note of your daily expenditure and the feelings you have when you spend money. Don’t dwell on money problems, deal with them and work on changing your money habits for good. Citizens Advice Bureau can help with debt problems or maybe you need a financial adviser.
Colder Weather, Darker Nights
Instead of curling up on the sofa during the cold weather, go for a walk or join a regular exercise class. It is a well-known fact that exercise can leave you happier and energised. If it’s too wet to walk, why not go for a swim? Aim to exercise during daylight hours.
Don’t let January blues beat you!!!
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