And just like that 2019 is over and we’re already half way through the first month of 2020!
When the Christmas and New Year festivities have come to an end, it can be hard to get your motivation back. To help you beat the January Blues, we’ve put together a list of top tips that will keep your spirits up and help you feel tip top!
Try something new
New year… new me… why not make the most of the new year and give something new a go? Hobbies are a fantastic way to let off steam and give you some ‘me’ time. From baking and cooking, to yoga or deciding to read a book a week, knowing that you’ve set some time aside for yourself can be a real motivator.
Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn to waltz but felt you’ve never had the time, or you want to volunteer at an animal shelter but have never found the right one. Whatever you’ve put off before, make 2020 the year you give it a go!
When we are feeling down we often turn to junk food to comfort us, but this can actually make us feel even worse! Making healthy food choices can give you a clear mind and help you feel good in yourself. Try cooking your favourite meals from scratch, and swapping chocolate bars for less sugary treats like popcorn or nuts.
Drinking lots of water will also help you to feel full and prevent the urge to snack – as well as helping your skin.
Everyone loves having something to look forward to, so start planning your year now! Book a short break for the Spring, or arrange an evening out with friends a few weeks in advance. Being organised will give you control over your time and will help you to fit more in.
Planning doesn’t have to be for big events either. Planning your meals for the week will also ease the pressure during the working week, and often makes it easier to choose healthier options.
Connect with others
It’s not always easy to be sociable when you’re working full time and have a home to run, and sometimes social media can seem like the perfect answer: communication without needing to leave the house. But social media can’t replace genuine human interaction, so try to leave the phone at home and go for a coffee or a walk with a friend.
Limit screen time
If you’re a parent you probably already limit the amount of time your children spend staring at a screen, but do you limit yourself too? Social media is fantastic, but too much blue-screen time should be avoided.
Remember that social media is used to showcase the best times, not the hard times. No one is perfect, but social media can have the adverse effect of making you feel as though everyone else is living a perfect life, but they aren’t. If looking at someone’s posts is making you feel unhappy, learn to stop looking. Don’t live your life through a screen.