It’s that time of year again! You’d think that with Blue Monday behind, the January blues would be gone, but they’re still definitely plaguing us – especially when you wonder where 2017 went. Never fear, though, Smart Storage is looking at some ways to make the first month of the year a bit more upbeat for everyone!
After the festive period, it’s natural for many people to be left feeling a little down, so just have a look at some SMART things that can help you to improve your January mood:
Sort Everything Out
This means getting rid of everything you don’t want anymore – or simply declutter your home by putting things in storage; get a quote ASAP and you’ll be making some space in your house in no time. Whether you need storage in Warrington or Altrincham, start now for quick results!
January is the perfect month to get organised – and stress-free – so clear up your home or office desk, tidy your drawers, empty out the garage, deal with the bills, etc.
After all, a tidy environment equals a tidy mind! And, of course, you are likely to feel more energised too, now that your living room no longer looks like the site of a post-apocalyptic movie.
Set Realistic Challenges
Rid yourself of those January blues by setting realistic goals that help you remain focused and have a greater chance of success. Unrealistic challenges can set you back and might end up in failure, which only makes your blues… well, bluer.
So, break down your goals into mini-steps that you can easily accomplish, which will help you to remain motivated until you finally achieve the challenge you set yourself.
Plan a Holiday
Get out more, visit another country, travel to a new destination! If you’re dreaming about your holiday, you’re focused on something other than what a depressing grey colour the sky is right now. Lifts your spirits and clear those blues by having a holiday on your horizon.
Spending time outdoors can help you to reduce your stress levels. According to National Geographic Magazine, “our brains aren’t tireless three-pound machines; they’re easily fatigued. When we slow down, stop the busywork, and take in beautiful natural surroundings, not only do we feel restored, but our mental performance improves too.”
Sunlight can also make for a better night of sleep! The production of melanin, a sleep inducer, is enhanced at night if you’ve had enough sunlight during the day, helping babies, children and adults sleep better.
The sun is also incredibly important when it comes to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This tends to occur when you don’t get enough daylight – only 10% of the population works in natural outdoor light, compared to a couple hundred of years ago, when this figure was 75%! SAD can make you feel low in energy and lethargic, which contributes to your January blues.
Head outdoors to get more daylight and improve your mood!
Do Something Different
Are you settled into your usual routine and do you crave something new? If so, go for it. Renting is on the rise and the property market is a lot more stable now (with exchanges up 1%), so why not finally make the move and rent a different house than the one you’re living in at the moment, for example?
For many people, their New Year’s resolutions include more exercise, so why not do it to get rid of your January blues as well? After all, exercise can improve your mental health, from stress and anxiety to ADHD and depression; meaning those blues are more likely to go away!
During winter, it’s normal to be less motivated to head out to the cold to run, for instance, so keep your equipment indoors by placing it in a storage unit and stay toasty warm while lifting weights – and your mood.