lockdown blues

January Blues getting you down? Here’s what you need to do!

What is Blue Monday?

It’s easy to get wrapped up in what we see on TV or online but when it comes to feeling blue in the first month of the year, it’s not based on anything but opinion. 

Yes, it includes the famous ‘Blue Monday’ but did you know that term was actually created by a psychologist who was asked to find ‘the most depressing day of the year’ by a now defunct holiday company in order for them to sell more package destinations!

Clever, right?

The truth is, there’s no real reason for anyone to feel depressed in January. True, you might feel fed up that Christmas is over for another year, you’re back to school and you don’t know when you’ll get to meet your friends again but that’s a very normal and natural reaction to what’s going on right now.

However, if you’ve been feeling sad or lonely or in a bad mood for a while, this is a great day to share your worries with your parents, your friends or someone you trust. If you’re not sure what to say or are feeling confused, you can always contact Childline on 1800 66 66 66, text to 50101 or chat online at Childline.ie 24 hours a day, every day. There’s always someone there to listen and support you through whatever is causing you anxiety – no matter how big or small it might seem. 

In the meantime, here are other things you can do to brighten up your January:

1. P.E with Joe

It’s not always possible to leave the house to exercise so if you have access to an iPad or computer, go to The Body Coach’s Youtube page for super-fun and highly energetic workouts!

2. Arts and Crafts

There’s nothing quite like getting lost in a painting or crafts project to make you forget the time and lose yourself in the pleasure of creating something beautiful!

3. Read a Book

Find a cosy, quiet space that you can curl up and immerse yourself in one of your favourite books or perhaps the next book in a series that you’re really enjoying.

4. Dance Party

Feeling anxious about school stuff? Worried about Covid? Dance it out.

Seriously, whack on your favourite CD or ask someone in your family to find a playlist of your favourite artists online and have a dance party in the kitchen or living room.

Not only will it make you feel better but it’s also great exercise – win, win!

5. Movie Night

It might not be a usual weeknight treat but if you’re feeling worried, ask your parents if you can watch a movie before going to bed.

If you start at 7, you can still be in bed for 9. Pop some popcorn, grab a blanket and snuggle down on the couch for a fun night in!

6. Zoom with Friends

It’s really important to maintain your friendships during lockdown, even though we know it’s a lot harder when you don’t see them every day in school.

WhatsApp will only take you so far so see if you can set up a weekly Zoom catchup to chat about school, TV, family life and anything else that’s on your mind. And if you can’t do that, arrange for a socially distant meet-up at a local park or beach!