Beat the January blues
January can make even the most energetic of us feel down in the dumps - but don't worry. We've consulted a wellbeing expert and found five ways to beat the January blues.
Returning to work after the Christmas break can be difficult – long dark days ahead and no twinkling lights to cheer us up. Add Dry January to the mix and the first month of the year can look pretty bleak.
But we’ve found five ways to beat those January blues thanks to the lovely Emily Watson from Whoop Fitness and Wellbeing. Let’s get out there and get active.
Beat those January blues and find something active that you enjoy, that’s fits in your life and see the benefits!
I hate the guilt trip sales tactics used by so many. The problem is, they work. the easiest way to sell to us is by making us dissatisfied with what we have, who we are, what we look like. So don’t exercise out of guilt – you won’t enjoy it and so you definitely won’t sustain it. These are better reasons to exercise.
1. ‘Endorphins boost’ – even if you don’t feel like doing it, you’ll benefit afterwards
One in 4 of us will experience mental health issues in our lifetime and yet so many of us don’t look after our mental health. In fact, many of the things we do can be destructive to our mental health.
I’ve personally battled with depression and sometimes when I least want to go to teach a class is when I’m so pleased it’s my job and I have to. I always feel so much better afterwards!
Exercise can improve your mood, increase confidence, and reduce anxiety.
2. ‘Get connected’ – laugh with friends or be alone for some ‘me’ time
Whether you exercise alone or with friends it’s great for your soul. With friends you can chat out the rubbish of the day, laugh about what you’re doing or get competitive! Alone, you can be really mindful of where you are, have real time to breathe and think things through, or get lost in the exercise and switch off that busy mind. Either way, you’ll feel connected afterwards. To others or to yourself.
3. ‘Get warm’ – feeling cold is the worst
It can make you feel blue and makes you want to retreat, sleep, snuggle and eat. Which is great (there’s definitely a time to do those things!) but we want to be doing those things in a happy state.
4. ‘Sleep better’ – work off the energy and you’ll sleep better.
Your muscles will relax, your mind will relax too
5. ‘Be healthy and happy’ – current guidelines suggest we should exercise 75 minutes of high intensity or 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week
Being active and sitting less reduces the risk of a whole range of diseases, disorders and illnesses. Being active doesn’t mean running a marathon every day, but can be a whole range of activities that you enjoy!
So don some trainers and find something you love to do!