Does it feel like January lasted 100 days, your New Years’ Resolutions have failed, and you’re all out of energy?
We’ve all been there!
Not many people are aware of the small things they can do to positively influence their mood on a daily basis, so we’ve put together a list of our favourite things to do when you’re in need of some self-care. Don’t let those January blues get you down!
Grab a mug of hot chocolate and cosy up with your favourite book.
Never underestimate the power of nostalgia when choosing your next read. If you’re struggling with your sleeping pattern this tip is especially relevant, as experts claim that participating in a stress reducing activity before bed such as reading can help aid a healthy sleeping pattern.
With just about any scent available, there’s always a relaxing scented candle that’ll suit you and your needs. Whether you choose to go for some essential oils, or average scented candles, there’s something for everyone. Relaxing to the subtle sounds and smells creates an atmosphere of total serenity.
There are so many health benefits to yoga it’s difficult to know where to start! Research has shown that yoga can improve balance, strength, flexibility and your daily energy level. With January sucking all of your energy out, yoga could be the perfect solution to your blues.
They say that ‘laughter is good for the soul’, but there’s actually a lot of truth to that! Studies show that laughter can: lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormone levels, improve cardiac health, release endorphins and provide a general sense of well-being.
Of course you could always queue up a 1hr stand-up show on Netflix, but why not head out to your local comedy joint and take in a live show. Often the best bits are when the comedian riffs off the audience, and they never make it to the recorded versions.
Manchester has always been reputed for its wealth of comic talents, with many comedians hot on the national scene now finding their start on the local circuit. The Comedy Store has a 500 seat, purpose built theatre style auditorium and is one of best places to see stand-up. No seat is a bad seat, and the spacious bar and dining area upstairs will provide everything you need to refuel in between laughter. Every Thursday they host three of the finest comedians, with Fridays and Saturdays showcasing The Best in Stand Up!
Laughter is the best medicine! Surrounding yourself with positive people and people you love the most will make you feel recharged in no time. Invite some old friends round for a reunion and a big catch up, or go out with your nearest and dearest to your favourite restaurant and chat about some good memories.
Fancy that meal your mum used to make you when you were younger? Attempt the recipe yourself! There’s no better feeling than cooking yourself some feel good food. Even if it’s beans on toast - there’s no judgement here!
So, what are you waiting for? Take the first steps for a better, more balanced you today!