As beautiful a month January can be: new beginnings, start of resolutions, for many it can be a very depressing time. With Christmas and the New Year celebrations gone, lots of people are feeling the pressure financially and emotionally for this new year.
Some have over spent on gifts that may not have been appreciated, they have bought new clothes, furniture and appliances that they do not need and pay day is not for another few weeks.
Family members have gone back home after spending several days, hopefully, laughing and enjoying each other's company. For those who live alone, the emptiness of the home can be felt even more.
Some tips on how to get through the January depression:
1. Try something new - Don’t try to fix everything at once – instead focus on changing one thing to boost your mood.
2. Get physical - Studies show that even ten minutes of aerobic exercise can have a positive effect, so even a brief walk at low intensity can improve your mood and increase your energy.
3. Contact a friend or relative - Arrange a get together or talk to someone you haven’t contacted for a while.
4. Look after yourself - While you may need to make lifestyle changes for a healthier, happier you, you shouldn’t see your current self as a failure.
5. Spot the signs of trouble - Watch out for these signs of emotional distress: difficulty sleeping, disturbed appetite, excessive drinking, being anxious or angry. Action means talking to someone you trust.
Poem reference: The Season I Smile – I try to be