Christmas festivities are over – either you had a great time or you didn’t, but it feels like everyone else did – and funds may be low, but don’t despair there are plenty of ways to beat the January blues.
Here are some of our tips:
1.Get as much daylight as possible
Lack of daylight in January can be a reason why so many people feel low and lacking energy. Why not get out and take a walk.
The Burnt Wood offers lots of pathways and routes, or you could head up to the Dorothy Clive Garden (weekends only) and stroll around their woodland quarry and see their brand new Winter Garden. Dogs are allowed on leads.
One of the best ways to fight depression and improve wellbeing and mood. The good news is that it doesn’t have to mean getting hot and sweaty – a brisk walk is perfect (and as mentioned above gives you daylight, too.) You may not fancy exercise but you’ll feel much better afterwards. How about taking dance lessons? This is a great way to stay fit and you can socialise too! Head to Ashley Memorial Hall on a Monday evening and learn how to ball room dance. Lessons cost £2 per person and start at 8pm to 9pm.
3. Read for Pleasure
Burying yourself in a gripping book of your choice is a great way to take your mind off feeling low. Reading for pleasure has so many health benefits.
And if you are on a budget, join the Market Drayton Library for free and borrow a book.
4. Eat properly
When feeling down, we are often drawn to sugar and junk food and we eat too little or too much. You can improve how you feel by eating a good, varied diet with things like nuts, fruit and veg, dairy, fish, pulses and grains. Learn to cook! What we put in our bodies makes a difference. You can find some lovely fresh food at our local farm shops in TF9 areas.
5. Do something new
How will you make this year a different one rather than waiting for it to happen to you? On your own or with a friend, throw ideas around till you find one thing you’d love to achieve, do or learn this year. Work out what steps you need to take. Make a plan and start the first step.
6. You are not alone
Lots of your friends and peers will be going through the same or similar feelings, but you may not realise it. Find someone to talk to – a friend or a trusted adult. Or team up with a friend to support each other. You could try the Loggerheads and District Befrienders, who extend a hand of friendship and join you for a cuppa and a chat, contact Kathleen Pemberton on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01630 674365.
Spring and lighter days are not far away! Until then, take care of yourself and let the people who love you help you.
Are you a local organisation, club or group in Loggerheads and local? List your meetings times and information for free on www.loggerheadslocal,co.uk.