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5 Things To Help Cheer You Up And Beat The January Blues

17 January 2017 by Emily Moulder
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Many people experience what is commonly known as the January Blues, after the highs of Christmas and New Year. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to cheer up not only ourselves, but the people around us who also need to a pick-me-up at this time of year? Here are a few great ways to bring a smile your face and to friends and families.

1. Spend Time With Animals

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Petting an animal is known to be a great way to reduce stress and improve your mood, but what can you do if you don’t own a pet and don’t plan to buy one? Hanging out with a friend who has animals (cats and dogs are best for petting; iguanas aren’t as fun) is a great place to start because you get to enjoy time with a friend and you can play with their pet. You could also try Borrow My Doggy to help take care of an animal in your area; pets you can love and take care of but can hand back at the end of the day!

2. Get Into Nature

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No matter where you live, you’re never too far from nature. Getting a lungful of fresh air and wandering around wild woods can give you a chance to unplug from city life and distractions. It allows you the time and space to think, or not think. Go somewhere quiet to let you mind wander and let go of stress.

3. See Some Theatre

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To us, theatre is the answer to most things. But especially when you’re feeling down, it’s the best tonic. In just one evening, a show can lift you up (or “Raise You Up”, thanks Kinky Boots!), make you laugh or make you think. Sometimes, it can be good just to get out of the house and have a shared experience. Being in a crowd of people who are experiencing what you’re feeling, can help us all feel a little less alone.

This week, you can buy Rush tickets to Death Takes A Holiday, or enter the lottery for the final week of Lazarus – there are plenty of ways to see theatre. And if you know someone who could use a laugh or a song, bring them along to a show. (The look on their face will tell you how much it can help!)

4. Exercise

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Many of us will have made New Year resolutions to exercise and keep fit in 2017, but the promises we make ourselves can easily be broken by a lapse in willpower and without the right support. But if you’re feeling bad about breaking your resolution so early into the New Year, remember that exercise helps your body produce endorphins which trigger feelings of happiness. So, if you want to feel better, keep your promise to yourself and go for a workout. To encourage yourself to actually do this, invite a friend to join you on a run or at the gym so that you can keep each other on track.

5. Get More Sleep

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For lots of us, this one is easier said than done. With daily stress, worries, and a hectic lifestyle, sleep rarely gets prioritised yet it’s so vital to our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Cutting down on caffeinated drinks and sweets can be a helpful step in preparing yourself for a better night’s sleep and stopping you from having sugar crashes during the day. Turning off electronic devices an hour before your go to bed and investing in a good quality pillow can all make the world of difference in changing your mindset from awake and alert to restful and ready for bed.

With just a few little changes, you can beat the January Blues and maybe pick up some good habits along the way.

Want more? Cheap Things To Do In London This January.