Happy Sunday

Hi everyone, I hope your weekend has gone well. Just wanted to do a quick blog post about how to get over those January blues and make yourself feel a bit better, even when everything seems to be going wrong.

So, January is definitely not my favourite month, the dark nights and cold days really get to me at times. But, the main issue for me at the minute is seeing all those dieting adverts and people promoting calorie counting. I’ve always had issues with my weight, but I haven’t even set foot on the scales yet this year and I’m already anxious.

I shouldn’t feel like this because I like the way I look and dress, but it seems that we’ve got such a diet culture in the UK that it’s forced down our throats when we least want to think about it. My January hasn’t been great, and this is a trivial reason but I had my hair cut and my hairdresser has butchered my hair, which isn’t positively adding to the way I feel at the minute.

The fact of the matter is, social media has become a toxic place for a lot of people and I now see why. Literally, two days after new year, there were people on my social media who were promoting ‘fad’ diets and other dieting methods.

Okay, maybe they want to make a change in their life, but I really didn’t need to see that, I’ve had a good Christmas break. Yes, I’ve eaten my weight in food and drank a lot of alcohol, but that doesn’t mean I want to jump straight into dieting…

So, instead of continuing to rant, I’ve decided to share a few things that will help us all get over those January blues and maybe take our minds off that number on the scales.

  • Being active outdoors – research has shown that a daily walk in the middle of the day could be as helpful as light treatment, especially when the nights get dark so quickly.
  • Little moments of self-care – slow down and curl up in a cozy chair with a good book, your favourite TV show or write in your journal.
  • Prioritise good sleep – Regular and high-quality sleep is absolutely imperative for good mental and physical health.
  • Try to be social – Make plans and maintain social interactions to make sure you are receiving emotional and relational support.

Now, I’m off to run myself a good bath and forget how much I weigh, how bad my hair is at the minute and how dark the nights are in January. I hope this helps you feel better about the January blues, let me know what you think in the comments below!

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