So most of us decided to set New Year’s resolutions at the start of Janaury, but how many people have abolished them already? Don’t worry if you fall in this category because, quite frankly, you’re not alone. We often start the year full of good intentions and positivity, only to run out of steam or get hit by the dreaded January blues. A lot of people feel like a failure when they struggle to hit the targets they set themselves. However, here are some ways that can reverse this feeling and help make ourselves feel good again!

You’re not alone!

First of all you need to accept that it’s perfectly natural to be feeling down after the Christmas holidays. Whether it’s because we have to return to work, the terrible weather, financial struggles, or just the fact we have failed our New Years resolutions. It really does happen to the best of us and the sooner you realise this, the less down you will be.

Go outside

It may be tempting to stay indoors when you’re feeling a bit under the weather but going outside and getting some fresh air and daylight will act as incredibly effective mood boosters. Even if it’s just for half an hour, you will notice a world of difference.

Be proud of what you’ve achieved

It’s always a good idea in life to focus on what you have achieved rather than what you haven’t – and that same principle works well with New Years resolutions. Take a look at the targets you have already hit – even if it’s the diet that lasted two days – and be proud of them. Keep a positive focus and tell yourself you’ll improve on it – starting from today! A positive focus is important but make sure you set realistic goals and even break them down into bite sized chunks and build up slowly. For example, if you want to workout four times a week, that’s fine, but aim to be doing it within a month instead of one week. Then you can add a session a week to your schedule until you’ve hit your goal.

But be practical

Make sure your goals are practical time wise and you’re still doing the things that mean most to you in life. There’s no point stressing yourself out to go to the gym four times a week if it means you’re missing out on quality family time. If you find you’re making the wrong choices, then simply cut a session out per week and do something else instead which is quick and easy such as walking, or playing sport with family and friends in the park. You’ve then still achieved your goal while making time for the smaller things in life. The most important thing is that you don’t give up!

Flex those muscles

Try doing some exercise of some sort. It doesn’t have to be a greulling personal training session in the gym either. Try joining a local yoga class with your friends and family. It’s suitable for all ages and conditions and has plenty of proven health advantages such as increasing flexibility and improving circulation. Taking part in exercise also has a great impact on your social life.

Remember to laugh

It may be the last thing you feel like doing when you’re down but laughing is one of the best ways to elevate your mood. Try starting your day off the right way by getting yourself a joke book and reading one joke every morning. Another great option is hanging around with friends and family that make you laugh, or watching funny tv shows and films. Laughing will send positive signals to your brain and you’ll instantly feel happier.

Enjoy some ‘me’ time

Allow for a bit of me time and lose yourself in a good book. You could even try creating a feel good playlist that has all your favourite songs on. If you’re a member of Spotify or Apple music, they regularly create playlists of this genre which saves you a lot of hassle too!

Get excited

Having something to look forward to will help you eliminate those January blues and booking your next holiday will be great motivation for sticking to your new year diet.  Research has shown that the anticipation of something can reach the same level of positive emotion as the actual event itself. So get browsing the internet for your next holiday destination!

Have we inspired you to beat the January blues with our tips? Maybe you’ve got some unique ideas that you’d love to share with other Butterfly Direct members? Feel free to comment and engage below!