Are you suffering from the January Blues?
January is a time of year that many people dread. Even those who usually feel energetic and positive can feel down in the dumps and lethargic. But, why is this?
What are January Blues?
The “January Blues” refers to the feeling of depression and reduced motivation in the first month of the year. Whether you feel disorganised following the festive season or are worried about the extra-long wait for payday, the January Blues can hit us all differently. January brings a sense of returning to reality after enjoying time away from the usual daily routine. The Easter break feels a long way away, too, which can be daunting.
How do I make January more bearable?
Why not try to change your mindset about January? Rather than thinking of how your family have now returned home, reminisce about the enjoyment you shared with them over Christmas. Instead of focusing on how long it is until your next pay cheque, you could start to implement some money saving tips into your daily living – Batch cooking from scratch and freezing leftovers is a great replacement for an expensive take-away. Exercise can also improve your mood. You could wrap up warm and go for a chilly walk, which will help your brain release endorphins – or happy chemicals!
What if the January Blues don’t lessen as the year goes on?
Sometimes, the feelings of depression may not be a result of the January Blues. If you feel as though your low mood is constant or comes and goes throughout the year, you may be suffering from a depressive disorder. With 1 in 4 people suffering from a mental health condition in their lifetime, there is nothing to be ashamed of and we urge you to ask for help. You can speak to your friends and family, your GP or a healthcare professional or you can contact Smart TMS directly and enquire about rTMS treatment to relieve your symptoms.
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