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Say Goodbye to The January Blues: Effective Ways to Lift Your Spirits After the Holidays

The term "January Blues" refers to the low mood or emotional state that some of us experience during the month of January. After the excitement, joy and perpetual celebration of the holiday season, January can feel just, “blah”. We can be met with feelings of sadness, grief, loneliness, and a general state of low energy and motivation. 

A sad woman sitting in a chair looking out the window

Are you feeling kind of depressed, lethargic, or grumpy? It could be the January Blues. Here are some factors that contribute to the January Blues:

Post-Holiday Slump: The holiday season is filled with the best of the best which we look forward to all year long. Most people schedule time off, spend time with family, attend events/parties, take time to travel, and partake in their favorite traditions. The seasonal sparkle brings us cheer, delight, and is a welcomed positive distraction from our daily schedules. Returning to normal daily activities and routines can leave us feeling let down or in a bit of a slump. 

Weather: In many parts of the world, January is winter and therefore brings cold weather, shorter days, and less sunlight. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that tends to occur in the winter months when sunlight exposure is reduced. Change in climate, less sun, and less time outdoors getting fresh air can have a severe impact on our mood and mindset.

New Year's Goals: Some people get excited to set ambitious goals or resolutions for the new year, and for others the pressure to make big changes or improvements can contribute to more stress and feelings of inadequacy. 

Financial Hangover: The holiday season comes with increased spending on gifts, travel, and other entertainment. January can bring financial stress and feelings of restriction as we face bills, credit card debt, and start budgeting for the new year.

Getting back to Work: As we return to work or school after the holiday break, the adjustment to a regular schedule can be challenging. It can take time to get back into the swing of things, waking up early, and increasing our energetic output. 

It's important to note that not everyone experiences the January Blues, and for some, January may be a time of renewal and motivation. 

Say Goodbye to The January Blues

Beating the January Blues starts with creating new positive energy. We get a lot of positive energy and motivation from the holiday season and once that has come to an end, we can be left in a lull.  Creating positive energy can come from incorporating positive habits and strategies into your routine, partaking in new activities, and scheduling things on your calendar to look forward to. Here are three tips to help improve your mindset, mood and well-being if you feel you might be in a new year slump:

Set Realistic Goals:

  • Instead of setting overly ambitious New Year's resolutions, establish realistic and achievable goals. Break down larger objectives into smaller, more manageable steps. This approach can help you reduce overwhelm and anxiety while making steady progress.

  • Focus on specific, measurable, and attainable goals. Celebrate small successes along the way to boost your confidence and motivation.

  • For a simple and strategic goal achievement system, check out The Goal Manifestation Guide. I created The Goal Manifestation Guide to simplify goal setting and achievement once and for all. It's the exact framework I use myself and with my private one-on-one clients. 

Prioritize Self-Care:

  • Take care of your physical and mental health by incorporating self-care practices into your daily routine. This may include getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, eating nutritious foods, and engaging in regular physical movement.

  • Find activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Whether it's reading, spending time outdoors, practicing mindfulness and meditation, or enjoying hobbies. Activities you know you enjoy, or trying new ones can help alleviate stress and improve your overall mood.

Stay Connected:

  • Combat feelings of isolation by staying connected with friends, family, and your community. Prioritizing social interaction provides emotional support and a sense of belonging.

  • Plan social activities or events, even if they are virtual, to maintain a sense of connection. Surround yourself with positive people and relationships that can help lift your spirits and provide support during challenging times when you might not be feeling your best.

Remember that everyone's experience is unique, and these tips may need to be adjusted based on individual preferences and circumstances. If feelings of sadness, depression, or anxiety persist or intensify, seeking support from friends, family, or a mental health professional is crucial for overall well-being.


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