#mentalhealthmonday: new year blues

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find this time of the year really bloody depressing. The holidays are finished, the parties are over, and it’s back to work once again. Except not quite, because this is the time of the year when it’s seen as important to abandon all reasonable expectations of yourself – to lose all that Christmas weight, and to become the NEW IMPROVED YOU. A you that is hyper organised, healthy, and ready to take on the entire world.

Well, I don’t know about you, but that certainly isn’t me. I’m just as scatter-brained as I normally am. I am trying to be healthy after all the excesses of Christmas, but I’m not suddenly about to run a half-marathon. (Never mind the fact that I’ve got a broken foot.) I’m taking things slowly, doing things at my own pace. If that means eating one less biscuit a day, then so be it! Every little step is still a step in the right direction.

I think an important thing to remember is that people aren’t magically getting their shit together. Please don’t compare yourself to the millions of ads on television about people losing weight and becoming their best selves. People’s lives go on as they always have – they’re just maybe trying a little hard to conceal it at this time of year.

Sorry if this ended up being a bit of a depressing post! My point is that if you haven’t magically got your life together, that’s okay. We’re going to muddle through together just like we always do.

How do you keep it together at this stressful period of the year? Any tips would help!


2 thoughts on “#mentalhealthmonday: new year blues

  1. Holly says:

    I definitely feel this way as well around the New Year. It’s harder to remember that social media just shows people’s highlight reels more often than not. I deal with it by trying my best not to compare myself to others, even though it’s really difficult not to. A few days ago I decided to delete Twitter off my phone, which has actually helped a bit!
    Wishing you the best in 2018! 🙂


  2. Leslie says:

    I didn’t find this post depressing – I found it real, and it brought some levity to the airbrushed image of “people magically getting their shit together”!
    By year’s end I was feeling drained and not particularly festive. I think life has more lulls and dull periods than we’ve been led to believe, and I’m learning to be less afraid and uncomfortable with those. Meditation and naps are restorative medicine, too. Be kind to yourself😊. I hope your blues is only temporary.


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