How to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in January

So Christmas has passed, it’s dark outside and the days certainly aren’t getting any warmer – there is no doubt that January is one of the most depressing times of the year. But with the #newyearnewme spirit coming into things, here are a few tips to get over the festive slump and to start your 2018 right.

Try to keep to your routine

Over the holidays, it is almost obligatory to veg around the house all day nibbling on festive treats and snuggling up watching Christmas movies, but now work and uni are back and swinging, it’s time to get back into your productive routine that means you are kept busy and active throughout the day. Try (I know it’s hard…) to set an alarm that means you are out and about to make the most of your morning. Soaking in some morning sunshine is a fine way to give yourself a positive boost that lasts the rest of the day.

Book a trip

Give yourself something to look forward to and work towards for the next coming months, whether that’s a girly weekend away or a full week at an all-inclusive resort with your family. Not only does that break up your work year into more manageable chunks to seem less harrowing, but it also gives you something to think about besides grieving over the Christmas that has just been.

Get outside

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get fitter, embrace this and try to incorporate the great outdoors. Going for a run outside instead of the treadmill at the gym means that you are not only getting the best of fresh air instead of stale gym breath but the changing terrain and scenery means that time passes a lot quicker and you will be a lot less focused on your heavy breathing and sore feet. If running doesn’t float your boat, even just going for a gentle stroll or reading outside gives you that fresh feeling of being ‘at one’ with nature and blows away the cobwebs.

Spend time with family and friends

As Christmas is a time spent with a lot of emphasis on family and friendships, there is no reason why you can’t keep the sociable spirit going but just change the theme. Instead of Christmas movie evenings and roast turkeys, try board game nights and fajitas. You can make up reasons to celebrate, whether to mark the end of a horrible week or ‘just because’. Having people that you care about surrounding you means that time will be happier and the negative connotations associated with January will be swept away.

So here are just a few things that can help with your 2018 seasonal blues. Anything that I missed out on? Let me know in the comments below…

#tyro #norm #SAD #januaryblues #Christmas #mentalhealth #selfcare


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