4 ways to beat the New Year blues in 2022

Dec 22, 2021

After the high of the Christmas holidays always comes the low of January. But we know how to beat those New Year blues. Let’s find out more.

The start of a new year can be a difficult time. It’s known as the New Year blues. After the fun and excitement of the Christmas holidays, suddenly it’s January; it’s cold and rainy (if you’re in the UK anyway), you’ve spent all your money and it doesn’t seem like there’s a lot to look forward to other than a tough year ahead. Often you want the new year to a fresh start when you accomplish great things, but you don’t know where to begin. 

But, help is at hand. Here are our four ways to beat the New Year blues in 2022 and start the year on a high. Let’s go!

 

1 – Set goals

We all know about New Year’s resolutions; those promises you make to get fit or stop eating junk food that usually last until the second week of January, by which time you’re welded to the sofa knee-deep in takeaway boxes. 

Instead, use the start of the year to set goals that will leave you in a better place than you began – and get you excited to get going. Set goals that are achievable (don’t set a goal to run a marathon if you can’t jog to the end of the road without needing a sit down) and measurable (‘getting fit’ is not measurable, running 10K by March is). Set goals that you can achieve without relying on others. You may want to get a promotion at work, but that will need your manager’s approval and possibly other people to leave. 

Once you’ve set a goal, whether it’s in work or your personal life, work backwards to figure out how to achieve it and the steps you need to take. You’ll find it inspiring – and you’re much likely to achieve your targets.

 

2 – Get healthy

If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve heavily indulged during December – too much to eat, too much to drink, not enough sleep, certainly no exercise. When you slump yourself down at your desk on the first working day of January, it’s no surprise you feel so low, physically and mentally.

You can remedy this situation by making January the month when you get healthy again. Aside from setting long-term health goals as we talked about in the section above, you can make a few little changes that will make a big difference to your health and your mood, including:

  • Eating more fruit and veg
  • Drinking more water and less alcohol
  • Regular exercise
  • Time out to calm your mental state
  • More early nights – It shouldn’t be that hard. No one goes out in January anyway!

You’ll be surprised how quickly you feel much better, ready to face the year ahead.

 

3 – Make yourself useful

Because it’s so cold and everyone has spent their money at Christmas, January is usually a month where not a lot happens. But, rather than staying inside feeling miserable, why not use that time to do something useful? Completing all those tasks you’ve put off for ages will make you feel so much better.

It could be anything from crossing off those things on your to-do list you’ve been putting off to finally finishing that book that’s been sitting on your shelf since last January. Maybe you have a big clear-out – clear space and clear mind – ready for a period of working from home. Whatever you choose, you know it will make you feel better.

You could also be good to yourself by reconnecting with people you used to see or activities used to love but haven’t done for ages. You may even find the January weather isn’t that bad!

 

4 – Plan something cool

One of the main feelings associated with the New Year blues is that there’s nothing to look forward to, other than a year of hard work. So, give yourself something to look forward to.

Take some time in January to make sure the rest of 2022 is as good as it can possibly be. For example, you could (Covid dependant) book tickets to a show or festival. You could even plan a weekend or day trip to a neighbouring city. 

A new year is also a great time to try something new. Has there always been something you’ve dreamed of doing but never quite got round to? Why not give it a try in the New Year? Learn a language, pick up a new musical instrument, join a football team – there’s never been a better time!

 

Make 2022 the best year ever

If you get the New Year blues, follow our tips to turn your negative feelings into positive ones. Look after yourself and your mental health first, but seek help if you feel you need to. Remember, you’re not alone.

All of us at SaaSLeads hope you have the best year ever. Whatever you do, whatever your goals, we hope you accomplish them. Have fun!

 

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Lena Miah

Lena is our Marketing Executive here at Saasleads.io. She is versed in all things marketing and loves creating thought provoking, inspirational, and informative pieces for the company. 

Lena was born and raised in London. She has a passion for all things words and completed a BA degree in Journalism at the University of Roehampton. 

When she isn’t keeping the company blog in tip top condition she can be found in a yoga class or checking out the London food scene, but if the food isn’t up to par she could bake it all herself. 

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