Coping with the 'January blues'

Coping with the 'January blues'

Published by Grace Mcgachy
6:45am 3rd January 2020.

After the fun of Christmas and New Year, this month can feel like it goes forever. 

Mental health organisation Wellbeing spoke to KLFM about the January blues. 

We should all remember looking after your mental health is just as important as your physical health. 

While the festive period over Christmas and New Year can be a fun and exciting time, it can also be particularly stressful and many experiences the January blues.

KLFM spoke to Josh Elms and Hannah Rawlings from Wellbeing. 

Wellbeing Norfolk & Waveney provide a range of support for people with common mental health and emotional issues, such as low mood, depression or stress. 

Josh does community Engagement and Hannah is a trainee CBT therapist. 

"Usually New Year resolutions are usually for quite positive things like to get healthy or be more productive.

You should maybe have a look at what those resolutions mean and why you're doing them.

I think to do something positively the route answer as to why you're doing it is to be happy.

You've suddenly got all this extra pressure on you.

It's about not comparing yourself to other people because you're going to get that onslaught of gym selfies in January but then you think, maybe I should be in the gym maybe I should be doing this.

Don't get suckered into this Instagram world of comparison." 

Five ways to wellbeing

  • Connect to others
    There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.
  • Be active
    Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.
  • Take notice
    Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness.
  • Learn
    Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and more active life.
  • Give
    Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.

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