January is renowned for its gloomy atmosphere and long nights. Sometimes referred to as the month of mondays, it can be difficult to boost your mood in January. If you’re feeling down then it’s not just you. Many people report a decrease in mood by the time January rolls around.
The winter months are long and cold, but there are things you can do to improve your mood until the sun comes back.This is why we’ve put together this short guide on how to overcome the January blues with these 5 mood-boosting tips and ideas.
1. Bathing in aromatherapy bath salts
Aromatherapy has many benefits to your mind and body. One of which is elevating your mood with some incredible fragrances. Essential oils have a fantastic effect on mood, which is why companies have combined these fragrances with bath salts. So you can enjoy a relaxing bath as well as soaking up all the benefits that aromatherapy has to offer.
If you’ve had a long day, why not run a bath and add in some invigorating aromatherapy epsom salts? The magnesium-rich salts will help your mind and body to relax and unwind, whilst filling your bathroom with the mood-boosting essential oils.
2. Starting an exercise routine
One of the most effective ways to instantly boost your mood is from exercise. Exercising releases ‘feel good’ hormones, which quickly lift your mood and leave you feeling incredible. Venturing out into the cold to do some exercise doesn’t seem like a great idea at first, but once you get going you’ll feel that much better.
Better yet you don’t have to leave your house to exercise, some simple workouts in the comfort of your own home can do the trick too. Next time you’re feeling down, why not exercise?
If you go overboard with the exercise, having a relaxing bath with epsom salts afterwards can help prevent muscle injury and aid in the recovery process too. Make sure to always stretch before and after exercising.
3. Spending time outdoors
It’s no secret that fresh air makes you feel good. Despite it being difficult to find the motivation to go outside in the middle of winter, it could really boost your mood! Why not bundle up warm and head out on a walk to the park? Walking is a great low-effort exercise that can lift your mood easily. And being out in nature is bound to make you feel better too.
A simple walk to your local park, garden, field, is a quick and easy way to lift your spirits this January. Just make sure you bring a scarf and gloves with you! Better yet, bring a friend or family member along too.
4. Eating a well-balanced meal
Another way you can help improve your mood is by eating a healthy, well-balanced meal. When you eat a balanced meal, your body is provided with the energy it needs. This can make you feel better and encourage you to have a more productive day.
The satisfying process of preparing, cooking, and eating a delicious meal is bound to make you feel better.
5. Tidy your living space
Finally, tidying up your home can really have an impact on your mood. A tidy living space means a clear mind! If your space becomes too cluttered, this may impact your mental well-being. So if you’re feeling unproductive, tidying up your home can help.