If you feel a bit low, fed up and isolated then you are not alone.
Personally, I always feel a bit fed up by the end of January – and January always seems to last forever!
Rest assured, if you are struggling, you are not alone.
A lot of people feel low this time of year. GPs see more people for mental health problems in January than any other time of the year.
Just remember things will get better.
We will come through these Winter days. The days will get longer (and warmer).
We will be able to go back to the things we are missing.
Many people experience feelings of being trapped, hopelessness, and worthlessness. When you do, just ask yourself ‘What do I do when things feel on top of me?’. This will remind you of the coping strategies that you normally use.
If you’re feeling low, then here are some tips that help me:
- Personally, I find the biggest help is to keep a regular exercise routine going. Exercise is a great mood booster. Get moving with something you enjoy doing and stick to it. Exercise doesn’t have to hurt. Be kind to yourself.
- Did you know that 40min of exercise three times per week halves your risk of death from any cause.
- Not only does exercise have all those lovely health benefits but the biggest benefit is on our mood and how we feel.
- Reach out for help and support by talking with friends or family (not just social media). Give your mate a call – today!
- Eat well with and drink plenty of water.
- Encourage your body into quality sleep with a regular routine, not eating late and doing some exercise daily. But don’t stress if you do sleep badly. I find that increasing my exercise results in a better sleep.
- Don’t worry about the things you cannot control.
Remember to be kind to yourself and that you’re not alone.
James Revell Doctor of Chiropractic
Licentiate Royal College of Chiropractors
Member British Chiropractic Association
Lushington Chiropractic Ltd
30 Lushington Road,
Award-Winning Care to Over 10,000 Local People
Here are Some Useful Mental Health Resources:
www.HelpLines.org/helplines is a good general resource.
www.MensAdviceLine.org.uk (because us men are less likely to access support – in fact the leading cause of death for men under 40 is suicide!).
Samaritans.org 116 123 are there 24/7 and not just for crises.
www.YoungMinds.org.uk/resources is good for adults and young people.
Also www.ChildLine.org.uk/info-advice has some great resources 0800 1111 for children AND they can be helpful to parents.
By James Revell
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