With more than half of the UK concerned about the looming mental slump many of us experience at the start of the new year, we’ve put together this list of 10 ways you and your partner can beat the January Blues.
The survey we conducted in early December 2021, of 1,000 people of all ages, showed that almost 25% of people are worried about having the January Blues, and that a further 30% of people feel that they might get them. That’s more than half the country.
The January Blues effect many people and they hit hard after all the fun and festivity of the Christmas season. Entering the new year and getting back to the daily grind can make many people feel low, putting strain on relationships. The January Blues pack a further punch, with Blue Monday on 17th January 2022, said to be the most depressing day of the entire year.
The January Blues isn’t to be confused with the more serious Seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of depression that’s largely seasonal and can be severe, so it’s important to contact your GP if you feel very low and that you can’t get through your normal daily tasks.
The winter months make many of us feel sad, low and lethargic, so arm you and your partner with some fun tactics to combat these feelings together, and make your January a little less blue, and a little more exciting.
Try our top 10 ways you and your partner can beat the January Blues:
1. Scrap new year resolutions
The pressure to reform yourself in the new year is huge and it’s really unhelpful when you’re already feeling low. Protect your wellbeing and put off resolutions until February. In fact, plan in some indulgences with your partner every week to have something to look forward to. To turn up the heat on the January Blues, why not plan to do something a little naughty together once a week throughout January?
2. Get down
At the point of orgasm, oxytocin and dopamine are released into your brain, and hormones flood your body, lifting your mood, and decreasing stress and anxiety. Being intimate with your partner will also keep you closely bonded and improve your sense of well-being. There are worse ways to escape the January Blues, right?
3. Go on romantic walks
There’s an incredible amount of health benefits to walking, such as heart health, weight reduction, mood improvement and increased energy. Getting out in the fresh air and being surrounded by nature promotes wellbeing, and gives you extra daylight to combat the dark winter months. Make a little date of it. Take a picnic, stop for a bite to eat or a glass of wine on the way home, or pop into a florist on the walk home.
4. Exercise together
Explore different options and find something you both enjoy doing together to keep active. It doesn’t have to be a gruelling gym workout; you could try home workouts, online dance classes, or yoga etc. Explore your options and get creative.
5. Cold showers
Cold showers improve your mood by increasing dopamine, serotonin and b-endorphin levels. They also boost your immune system and make you feel more alert. Cold Showers are a real shock to the body, so try them out together, and help each other not only get used to them, but enjoy them (wink wink). Not only will you reap the feel-good benefits of a cold shower, but you’ll no doubt have a laugh, and perhaps a cheeky good time too.
6. Couple’s massage
Book yourselves in for a couple’s massage so you can fully relax together and connect. You could also go for a steamy sauna, to enhance your wellbeing whilst having a romantic and intimate time.
7. Duvet day – for two
Every now and then we need to take time out to refresh. Mind (the mental health charity) highlights the link between mental health and sleep, and how if one suffers, the other can as well. Take the day off, together, to snooze and snuggle under the covers. You might just find your day to refresh, helps you to reconnect too.
8. Take a trip
Get away for the weekend to get a change of scenery; this can have huge benefits on your mental health. A new environment can also spice up your sex life, help you rediscover each other, and inspire you to try new things.
9. Retail therapy
Shopping (whether in-store or online) can increase dopamine in the brain, which helps you to feel good. Discuss your options, and explore each of your desires, before shopping for something cheeky for the bedroom. Why not introduce toys into proceedings, or expand your collection, browse lingerie together, or consider how you can dress to please the other.
10. Trade your screens for books
It’s widely known that too much screen time can have a negative effect on your mental health. Turn off your screens, take a break from social media, and reach for a book. Relationship experts say that reading to each other could bring couples closer together, so grab a steamy novel, or a romantic tale, and discover the sexy intellect in your partner.
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