Embracing January: 8 Ways to Beat the Blues and Fall Back in Love with Winter

   Why do so many of us struggle in January with feeling down
and what can we do about it?

 

 

Introduction:

Ah, January – the month of new beginnings, resolutions, and fresh starts. However, for many, it’s also the time when the January blues kick in, making it a bit challenging to fully embrace the new year. If you find yourself struggling with the post-festive season slump, fear not!

Here are eight ways to learn to love January and banish those post-holiday blues and learn to love the magic of mid-winter.

Fed up and feeling down in January after the holidays then discover 8 Ways to Beat the Blues and Fall back in Love with Winter

1. Hygge Heaven: Transform Your Space

 One of the best ways to combat the January blues is to create a cosy sanctuary in your own home. Embrace the Danish concept of “hygge” by adding soft blankets, fluffy cushions, and warm lighting to your living space. Create a haven where you can relax and unwind, making your home a place of comfort and joy during the cold winter days.

2. Set Intentions and Take Baby Steps to Success

 The pressure to set ambitious New Year’s resolutions can contribute to the January blues. Instead of overwhelming yourself with grand goals, opt for intentions which feel lighter. If you are opting for goal setting, make sure you break down your resolutions into manageable smaller tasks. Then celebrate each accomplishment. By taking baby steps, you’ll build momentum and gain a sense of achievement that can help lift your spirits. (Read the blog about INTENTIONS).

3. Embrace the Great Outdoors: Winter Wanders

The countryside, even in the winter months, has its own unique charm. Bundle up in your warmest coat, don a stylish scarf, and head outdoors for a brisk winter walk. Whether it’s a stroll through a local park or a hike in the countryside, connecting with nature can have a rejuvenating effect on your mood. Plus, you’ll get some much-needed fresh air and exercise which all helps to fire up your happy hormones (endorphins) which aid stress and pain relief.


Beat January Blue by embracing the magic of mid-winter with a winter walk

4. Culinary Comforts: Winter Warmers

Warm the cockles of your Soul with hearty and comforting winter dishes. Indulge in classics like a steaming bowl of homemade soup, a savoury pie or a hearty stew. Cooking can be a therapeutic activity and the delicious results will not only satisfy your taste buds but also provide a sense of accomplishment. Invite friends over for a winter feast and make it a social event to raise everyone’s spirits.

 

5. Light Up Your Life: Combatting the Darkness

January days may be shorter and darker, but that doesn’t mean your surroundings have to be gloomy. Particularly, if you suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), then invest in some soft, warm lighting to brighten up your living space. Consider fairy lights, candles, or a Himalayan salt lamp for a cosy and calming atmosphere. Creating a well-lit and inviting environment can make a significant difference in your mood during the winter months.

 

 6. Mindful Moments: Find Your Zen

Combat the January blues by incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine. Whether it’s through meditation, yoga, or simply taking a few moments each day to focus on your breath, mindfulness can help you stay present and cultivate a positive mindset. There are plenty of apps and online resources to guide you through mindfulness practices, making it accessible for beginners.

 

7. Plan Something to Look Forward To and Beat the Winter Rut

Having something exciting on the horizon can make January more bearable. Plan a weekend getaway, a day trip to a nearby city, or even a pamper spa date with friends. Having a future event to anticipate can help shift your focus from the winter blues and inject some excitement into your month.

 

8. Embrace the Season: Winter Wonders

Instead of wishing away the winter months, embrace the unique joys that January brings. Whether it’s building a snowman, enjoying winter sports, or sipping on a hot chocolate by the fire, find activities that make the most of the season. By appreciating the beauty and charm of winter, you’ll discover that January has its own special magic.

So, there you have it – eight simple ways to learn to love January, even if you suffer from the blues. With a bit of hygge, intention setting, outdoor adventures, comforting food, time with friends and mindful moments – you can turn this potentially challenging month into a time of rejuvenation and positivity.

Find ways to overcome the Winter Blues and warm your soul

Cheers to embracing mid-winter with open arms and a warm heart!

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– Walt Whitman

Here comes the Sun…

You don’t have to be a sun worshipper to love a bright sunny day. It has been proven that people are happier when the sun shines. If like me you suffer with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), seeing the sun makes a massive difference to my happiness.

So why does the sun make us happier?

Well, the sun helps to increase SEROTONIN, the happy hormone, which improves mental well-being. Spending some time in the sunshine and exposing our skin to the warm rays for 10-15 minutes will also help with the production of VITAMIN D. This is a key vitamin which aids our bodies to reduce inflammation, promote cell growth and help build stronger bones and teeth.

Without the SUN there would be no life on earth.

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1) The sun is 150 million kms from the earth. It would take an aeroplane flying at 500mph over 19.5 years to reach it.

2) The temperature on the sun’s surface is 5600 celsius (which is 10,000 fahrenheit) and at its core the temperature rises to an astonishing 15,000,000 celsius (27,000,000 fahrenheit).

3) The sun’s magnetic poles flip approximately every 11 years. With the next scheduled occurrence to happen in 2025. This event impacts our weather due to the increase in solar flares.

4) The sun is the largest object in our solar system with a diameter of 1.4 million kms (865,000 miles).

5) The sun is approx. 4.6 billion years old.

The sun is a dynamic star at the heart of our SOLAR SYSTEM. All the planets, including earth, revolve around it.

Think back to school days and you may well remember that the earth also tilts on its axis while it orbits the sun and this creates our seasons. This is why we have spring and autumn equinoxes, along with the summer and winter solstices (remembering that the southern hemisphere is the opposite from the north of the equator).

As human beings we cannot directly create energy in our bodies from the sun, however, we get it in the plants we eat which uses photosynthesis to convert energy into complex sugars. Although, we have coding in our DNA which allows us to produce certain proteins used by our retina to detect light. Sunlight also plays a huge part in our sleep by influencing our internal body clock (known as circadian rhythm – click here to find out more). 

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ENERGY PRACTICE:  ‘WELCOME A NEW DAY’

A morning practice to energise your Mind, Body and SOUL

This is a great way to start your day. Stand at a window (ideally open) facing the sun, alternatively you could stand in a garden (perhaps even barefoot on the grass,  grounding at the same time) and say the 3 affirmations listed below, one at a time, as you do the practice.

Start with your arms stretched wide out out to the sides. Then as you say the first affirmation slowly draw your open outstretched arms in towards your heart area, placing your hands across centre of your breastbone (heart chakra). Inhale a deep breath and then a slow exhale. Repeat for the next two affirmations.

1)  I am grateful for the energy of a new day
2) I receive the blessings the Universe bestows on me with gratitude
3) Today is a great day – all is well in my world

Use this practice on a daily basis (even in winter) to recharge your body’s energy systems and begin your day on a positive note.

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