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After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season January often feels like a harsh wake-up call.

The decorations are down, the festivities are over, and the new year is here. But with this new beginning can come a sense of emptiness or even sadness. It’s important to recognise the potential impact this transition can have on our mental health and take steps to prioritise self-care and well-being. 

January can be a challenging month for many reasons. The post-holiday letdown, the return to work or school, and the cold and gloomy weather can all contribute to feelings of low mood and lethargy. Additionally, January is often a time of reflection and goal-setting, which can bring feelings of pressure and self-doubt. 

New year’s resolutions can bring about a lot of anxiety for some of us. If you’ve set some, remember to be kind to yourself if you don’t meet them.

  • It’s ok to set goals, if you want to. But it’s also okay if you don’t meet them 
  • It’s okay to prioritise your mental health, even if others don’t understand. 
  • It’s okay to make time for self-care, even if you don’t see others doing that. 
  • Set goals or don’t. But we shouldn’t feel guilty about not meeting them 
  • Don’t blame yourself for not ‘succeeding’. 
  • We’re all human. Sometimes things work and sometimes they don’t. 
  • Let’s show ourselves kindness when things don’t go according to our plan. 

Prioritising Self-Care

Taking care of your mental health can be hard but here are some strategies to prioritise self-care and well-being: 


  1. Acknowledge and accept your feelings: It’s okay to feel down or have low energy in January. Recognise that these emotions are normal and temporary. Give yourself permission to feel them without judgment. 
  2. Practice self-compassion: Be kind and patient with yourself. Set realistic goals and don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t achieve everything right away. Remember, January is a time for gradual progress. 
  3. Establish a routine: Having a daily routine can provide structure and stability, helping to combat feelings of aimlessness. Ensure your routine includes activities that bring you joy and relaxation. 
  4. Stay physically active: Exercise has numerous mental health benefits. Engage in activities that you enjoy, such as walking, yoga, or dancing. Physical activity can help boost mood, reduce stress, and improve overall well-being. 
  5. Get enough sleep: Prioritise a consistent sleep schedule and ensure you are getting enough rest. Adequate sleep is essential for cognitive function and emotional well-being. 
  6. Connect with others: Humans are social beings, and maintaining social connections is vital for our mental health. Reach out to friends and family and consider joining clubs or classes that interest you. Social interaction can offer support and a sense of belonging. 


January can be a challenging month for many people, but by prioritising self-care and looking after our mental health, we can navigate through these challenges with greater ease. Remember to be kind to yourself, establish healthy routines, and reach out for support when needed.

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