It’s no secret that January can be a tough month to get through! All the festivities of the previous weeks are gone, the New Year has been welcomed and everyone is feeling a bit blue in the depths of winter. With all that taken into consideration, it’s hardly surprising that January gets the reputation for being the most depressing month of the year!
Add to the most depressing month of the year an international pandemic and well, it’s hardly surprising that people are struggling with maintaining their mental health. But it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to keep your mental health on track and your positive vibes flowing.
Top 10 Suggestions for Good Mental Health
- Be Kind – This doesn’t just apply to when you interact with others, but with yourself too. People are always so quick to put extra stresses and demands on themselves, without pausing to consider if they would be the same towards others.
- Eat Well – Eating well doesn’t have to mean just salads and fruits, but eating good food that fills your soul and makes you happy. Take the time to prepare a meal from scratch that makes you happy with every mouthful.
- Fresh Air – OK, so with being in lockdown, this can prove a little more tricky, but you would be surprised how good you will feel after just 5 minutes of standing on your doorstep taking deep breaths and feeling the fresh air on your face. Or even sitting by the window and enjoying the fresh breeze as you read or meditate.
- Learn Something New – Exercise doesn’t just apply to the physical! It’s good to exercise your mind and try learning something new like a short course or Diploma.
- Avoid too much Alcohol – Now don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you go T-total (unless of course you want to), but it’s also a good idea to keep it in moderation. Alcohol is actually a depressant and so not the best way to boost your mood in the long run.
- Get Some Exercise – If your mood is feeling low or you need a change of scene, why not get some exercise by going for a jog or brisk walk to blow away the cobwebs and negativity. If you don’t want to go outside, then try some relaxing Yoga with a free tutorial on YouTube.
- Sleep Well – Again, something that you might not recognise as having an impact on your mental health, but not getting enough sleep really can effect your mood and how you feel. So where you can, try and make sure you get 8 hours a night.
- Do Something you Enjoy – Now this doesn’t have to be anything big, but if you enjoy drawing, why not do a little sketch of something. Or if you’re into baking, make a cake for afternoon tea to enjoy. Remember, it’s the little things that count!
- Get Creative – Have you been thinking about changing round the living room? Or re-decorating the spare room? Well why not make a start and let your creative juices flow! If you don’t fancy doing anything too big, then why not turn your hand to writing?
- Talk – Talking is one of those things that we sometimes forget to do! With all our mobile devices, we’re all too busy liking and sharing things to stop and just have a chat with someone on the phone! If you have no one to call, then talk to your pets, your plants, the outside world! Give yourself chance to blurt out what your feeling and get it out in the open.