After weeks and weeks of preparation, all the running around and stress trying to get prepared for Christmas, and then suddenly it’s all over, it’s January and time to get back to work and everyday life.
The January Blue’s can hit us all, with the bad weather, lack of funds due to Christmas, New year’s Resolutions, and generally getting back to normal after the excitement of the festive period.
Scientists have done research and suggest that the third Monday of January is the most depressing day of the year which they have aptly named ‘Blue Monday’
In 2018, Blue Monday is January 15.
Fear not, we have been trawling the internet and asking around the office to come up with a list of 5 of the best ways to combat the January blues ….
- FOCUS ON YOUR STRENGTHS
What most people do in the new year is make resolutions, which tends to focus on your weaknesses and how to fix them. Research shows, that we would all do better if our New Year’s Resolutions focused on building strengths rather than on fixing flaws.
New Year’s Resolutions often fail because they are stated in terms of wholesale changes we want in ourselves that seem overwhelming to achieve. We’re much more likely to make real and lasting change if we focus on small, concrete steps we can take toward our positive image of ourselves, and reward ourselves for each step along the way.
- SET SMALL AND REALISTIC GOALS
Research suggests that over 25% of new years resolutions fail within the first week and over 80% failing within 8 weeks. Stepping stones is the key. If your goals aren’t realistic or well defined, then you are starting off with an immediate handicap.
For example – If your new years resolution is to write a book than rather than saying “this year I’m going to write a book” instead why not break it down and commit to writing a certain number of pages each month.
If your goal is to lose weight, you could break that down and say “this year I’m going to walk 5 miles a week” which will help towards your ultimate goal but is broken down into achievable chunks.
- TRY TO STAY POSITIVE
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder subset in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year exhibit depressive symptoms at the same time each year, most commonly in the winter.
The way we feel in the Winter and Summer is a state of mind. Try to stay positive (Glass is always half full)
Keeping a positive attitude can help you to cope more easily with daily life by helping you to see the brighter side of life, to avoid worrying, and can help to bring constructive changes to make you happier and more successful.
- LOOK AHEAD
Having something to look forward to can help to lift the blues and keep you feeling positive for the year ahead.
So rather than looking back on how quick the Christmas period seemed to go, start looking forward and make some plans. You could book a holiday, arrange a trip or a meal out with friends, visit long lost family or book a course.
Whatever you plan to do, looking ahead can really help to lift your mood and keep you feeling positive.
- EXERCISE REGULARLY
Being active lifts our mood, reduces stress and anxiety, improves our physical health, and gives us more energy.
Research has proven that exercise stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. Even just a small stroll on your lunch break can go a long way to getting those endorphins going.
- BOOK WITH FREIGHT FIRST (YES WE’VE ADDED A CHEEKY SIXTH)
Research has suggested that by booking your Haulage with Freight First ltd can help reduce stress, give you peace of mind knowing that your deliveries are in safe hands – leaving you to crack on with your day.