Happiness Hacks to Get You Through Winter
There’s a reason the third Monday of January is dubbed as ‘Blue Monday’. The Christmas festivities are behind us, our New Year motivation is dwindling, and the weather isn’t getting any warmer anytime soon. Oh, and let’s not forget the uniquely 2021 issue of being back in lockdown.
So, if you’re feeling a bit blue and need some help getting yourself unstuck from a rut, why not try out some of these tips for a little boost until lockdown eases and the spring flowers begin to bloom.
Take a Mindful Moment
Mindfulness as a concept is touted everywhere at the moment, but when we recommend taking a ‘mindful moment’, what we’re really suggesting is making sure that take a breather every day to centre yourself and acknowledge the present moment.
Your mindful moment won’t be the same as the next person’s. Maybe you want to write down what you’re grateful for in your journal, or perhaps you’d like to lose yourself in a sweaty workout or simply listen to your favourite podcast in the bath. Whatever it is, taking time each day to do something just for you can be invaluable.
One thing we’re still able to do in lockdown is taking advantage of going outside to exercise. Whilst the days are still relatively short, they are getting longer, and taking a half an hour or even an hour on your lunch break to step outside your front door and get your steps in is a great way to add some structure to your day and blow the cobwebs away!
The past year has left many of us feeling isolated from and missing our friends. Last minute trips to the pub feel like a distant memory and whilst working from home has its perks, it’s certainly lonelier for many.
Whilst you may be sick of Zoom quizzes (we really don’t blame you), don’t forget how restorative a chat with a good friend or family member can be. Picking up the phone for a check in can be a huge mood booster, for you and your call’s recipient, so next time you’re aimlessly scrolling through that Netflix list, consider picking up your phone and dialling in instead.
It goes without saying that we get out of our health and wellbeing what we put in, and nutrition plays a huge part in that. Most of us have been eating in for the best part of a year now as we’ve moved in and out of lockdowns and with that has come the cooking fatigue.
Even when you don’t feel like it, cooking a tasty, balanced and nourishing meal can be a great way to feel great. Really can’t face a session in the kitchen, or maybe you’ve just used up all of your culinary creativity? What a perfect excuse to stock up on some yummy AF Chirky meals!
More than just a bit blue? If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one, these mental health charities and support groups can offer expert advice.