With “Blue Monday” on our doorstep, many of us are feeling the after-effects of the holiday season — whether it be financially, physically or emotionally.
But what makes this day the “most depressing” of the year? Things like debt built up over the holidays, the long, dark and cold winter days and even failed New Year’s resolutions can all be to blame. According to a recent Ipsos Poll found 73 per cent of Canadians who made New Year’s resolutions would inevitably end up breaking them.
All that said, there are ways to combat the January-blues:
Whether it’s a warm bath and a book, or a sweat-inducing workout to get your endorphin pumping, self care is incredibly important — especially in the cold and gray of January. Self-care is is important in helping you to stay healthy physically, emotionally and mentally. Kill two birds with one stone and grab a book design to inspire, or catch a “Karma” Class a local yoga studio to get a work out in and give back to your community.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, volunteering is called the “win-win” activity because helping others makes us feel good about ourselves. At the same time, it widens our social network, provides us with new learning experiences and can bring balance to our lives. Ready to roll up your sleeves? Sign up for a Day of Caring or help fill Starfish Backpacks for local kids needing food over the weekends.
3. Disconnect to Connect
In a world where we are constantly connected, often overwhelmed with screen time and constant notifications from our electronic devices, one suggestion is to simply unplug. Grab some face-to-face time with a friend you have not seen in a while, haul out a board game or get outside for a hike. Unplugging isn’t losing your connection to a device – it’s about gaining connection to the rest of your life. Do you have little ones? Definitely check out Interior Savings Unplug & Play Week for some great unplugged activities.
United Way is helping to support and meet the basic needs of communities throughout the Thompson Nicola Cariboo Region, giving every Canadian the opportunity to realize a better, more resilient future. Do you need a connection to support? Live chat at bc211.ca to be connected to help for you or your loved ones.
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