Beating the post-Christmas slump

As the fairy lights start to come down and Mariah Carey waves goodbye for another year, it’s time to face the month that blows all ‘Sunday scaries’ out of the water: January. But fear not; with the right routine, January can still be bright and merry. Carry on reading for our top tips on beating the post-Christmas slump…

1.Start your morning with something positive 

Getting out of bed to go to work can be difficult at the best of times, let alone on a cold dark January morning. That’s why it’s helpful to start your morning with something positive such as mindfulness, journaling or a funny podcast. If you’re more of a fitness fanatic you could try starting your day with a run or a quick gym session. Not sure what relaxes your mind? Try all of the above until you find something that works for you! 

2. Plan ahead 

Things like packing your bag the night before, laying out your outfit and prepping your lunch can eradicate a surprising amount of stress from your day-to-day. We’d also recommend investing in a physical calendar/diary so you can write down all of your tasks in one place. Furthermore, studies have shown that a different part of the brain is activated when information is written down on physical paper, making it easier to remember. So, make that to-do list the night before so you can start your day knowing which tasks to prioritise. 

3. Spend time with your friends and family 

Following the social chaos that is December, it’s not unusual to feel a little lonely by the time January rolls around. If the January blues has hit you hard then try reaching out to family and friends – or even a colleague and see if they’re free to hang out. Sometimes it can also help to briefly ‘unplug’ from social media as it tends to breed negative thoughts – especially if you are comparing yourself to others. Instead of doomscrolling pick up the phone and FaceTime a mate or text the group chat to see who is about!

4. Get started on those New Year’s resolutions 

Whether your New Year’s resolution is to find a new role (cough, cough) or start getting into a regular exercise routine, making the first step is always the hardest part. Make your goal manageable by breaking it down into easy chunks. For example, if you’re looking to boost your fitness, try not to push yourself on the first run/workout/class – slow and steady wins the race after all. If your New Year’s resolution is to grow in your social work career then make sure to speak to the Social Personnel team who have a wealth of expertise in the health and social care market. 

5. Treat yourself 

While cash is probably tight after Christmas splurging, you can still find respite from the January gloom with a few treats here and there. Plan a dinner out with friends or save money and have a movie night at yours – sometimes even just having a bath can help improve your mood. Whatever it is that helps you unwind, make sure self-care is at the forefront of your routine. 

Here at Social Personnel, we’d like to wish you a very happy & successful New Year!

carlette Isaac

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