Typically the new year is an exciting time for people. It’s an opportunity for a fresh start—a time for people to channel their energy to mindful pursuits. Unfortunately, not everyone experiences this gleeful feeling. In fact, for some the new year can be a time of sadness and depression. If you’ve got the New Year’s Blues there are a few Mindful tips that can help you get through January’s trials and tribulations.
New Year’s Blues
Winter is a time when millions of people experience seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD. The cold weather and the fewer hours of daylight contribute to this disorder, but the New Year’s Blues can make things even worse. The end-of-year assessments—taking stock of yourself and your past year—can discourage people or make them feel that they don’t measure up. This can make facing a new year rather depressing.
Fortunately, if you’re feeling down there are ways for you to move past your New Year’s Blues. Listed below are just a few options.
3 Tips for the New Year’s Blues
Take time for yourself
During the holiday season most of us spend our time with family and friends. When it’s all over there can be a noticeable void in our daily routine and this can make the start of the new year feel particularly lonely. You can make things better for yourself by setting aside time for self-care. Try creating home spa days or reading inspirational books.
Focus on the here and now
Sometimes looking far ahead into the future and making plans can be exhilarating. For some, it can also be depressing. If making plans for 2018 has got you down, try focusing on the present. You can meditate or take an hour tech-free break during your day. Be present in the moment and enjoy your surroundings with no distractions.
Be realistic about your New Year’s resolutions
When suffering from depression or New Year’s Blues, it’s sometimes easier to skip the resolutions altogether. If you’d like to participate anyways remember to be specific and realistic with your New Year’s resolutions. Also, try tailoring your resolutions to your mental wellbeing. For instance, make a resolution to get outside regularly for ecotherapy or make joining a support group one of your goals.
Bonus. These aren’t the only Mindful tips for the blues. If you’re suffering from seasonal affective disorder, you can try going for morning walks, changing your diet, or scheduling some personal time for yourself. For more details on SAD, check out this Mindful infographic.