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Something I used to think was only for adults with a job has finally arrived on my doorstep: the January blues- and I don’t think I’m the only one. 

What are the January blues? The January blues tends to be a feeling that comes around as soon as the new year has sunk in and all the festive leftover food is gone. It’s that feeling you get when you look at your bank account balance after buying Christmas presents and spending all your money on the boxing day sales. The feeling you get when you realize that you still have mountains of work to do/coming up. The feeling of realizing that none of your problems from before the holidays have magically gone away over the break. In general, under all those positive new year’s resolutions, there’s this shared mood that seems to drag everyone down. The festive season is gone and things are continuing as usual. For some of us, this is something that isn’t that severe. It’s just a dip in our mood that will go away once we get back into a rhythm. For other people, it’s really a depressive mood that lingers around for much longer and forms a hurdle in their day to day life. So, how do we get rid of the blues? Waiting it out can be an option for some, and for others, it’s something that can be helped. This might seem like generic advice, but because the January blues tend to be temporary, here are some things you can do to get over them quicker:

1. Take those fitness resolutions seriously in January (you can always ease up for the rest of the year)

Doing a type of physical exercise tends to be one of the quickest and easiest forms of “therapy”. This doesn’t mean you need to start going to the gym religiously and super intensely. You can always go for a quick run or use a skipping rope for 15-30 minutes. Another alternative is a home workout app, like the 7-minute workout app. 

2. Find a creative outlet

I’m one of the least creative people out there, so if you’re like me, the thought of being creative and painting/drawing something sounds god awful. Fortunately, there are adult colouring books. Now hear me out, I know it sounds very lame, but they’ve seriously been great for me. (Shoutout to Mr. D for getting half of the 12th grade onto the colouring wave)

3. Focus on things that make you happy or are important

Distraction can be one of the best ways to get over this mood. Whether you find focusing on your school work the most effective, or binging on Netflix, go for it. But, everything in moderation! Don’t let school or TV shows consume your life.

Despite these 3 little things each being an option to “beat” the January blues, always keep in the back of your mind that this is just temporary. It’ll go away once you get back into the swing of things, and soon everything will have blown over. 

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