‘January Blues’ is a social term used to denote the period after the festive seasons and the decline in mood; and in January, there is a day referred to as ‘Blue Monday’ on 17 January 2022.

January Blues can manifest with symptoms of low mood, sadness, lack of energy, motivation, anxiety and low libido.

The factors that may cause a decline in mood in January include:

  • Reduced daylight hours
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Financial worries following Christmas
  • A challenging holiday period due to loss, loneliness or estrangement
  • Returning to work
  • Pressure of New Year’s resolutions

Is there a difference between January Blues and low mood?

January Blues tend to last a few weeks maximum because of factors mentioned earlier in the article. Some people find that establishing their routines post-holiday seasons lifts their mood.

There is no scientific basis for the January Blues. Therefore, periods of low mood and depression can affect anyone at any time; as individual circumstances can affect emotional wellbeing at different times of the year.

Here are some tips from us on how you can beat it:

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Acts of kindness, self-care, and gratitude are some of the ways you can beat back depression during the cold month of January. This is what our #HelloJanuary challenge is all about, it’s positive affirmations and tasks you can do daily to boost your mood.

Challenges are posted weekly here – it’s not too late to start if you missed week one or week two.


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Mindfulness can help us move from ‘doing mode’ to ‘being mode’ and become more aware of our present moments. It has been proven effective in reducing stress and anxiety.

Peter Helmer, experienced NHS mindfulness practitioner runs a weekly group

He is also running a once a month Long Covid mindfulness group with a focus on breathing and being aware of physical and mental being.

Exercise and eating well

Exercise has been proven to be beneficial for physical and mental health; for instance, it can reduce negative mood and anxiety.

Visit our nutrition and physcial health self-help resources.

Our Keeping Well Team is here for you whatever your needs, support is available. Contact us:

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