By Sarah Wengert
With its holiday hangover and chillier temps, the struggle with January blues can be quite real. Fortunately, one characteristic of travel nurses is adaptability, and that means you can totally combat an un-jolly January with a little intention and elbow grease! Check out these 7 ways to beat the January blues:
Venting your frustrations or problems can be the first step to letting them go and/or feeling better. Give yourself a set amount of time to wallow, cry it out, process your feelings, or vent — whatever you need to do to constructively acknowledge your emotional and mental state so you can best deal with it and push forward.
Studies show that embracing your own gratitude is a fantastic mood lifter. Make gratitude a daily ritual and it will show you daily blessings. Despite any January blues, you’ve got a lot to be grateful for, so make time for a gratitude journal where you can jot down everything that makes your feel grateful.
It’s common sense and science — connecting with people we love is a major mood-lifter. Get your Facetime on for some hangtime with someone you love, and you are sure to feel the positive vibes.
Music is fantastic at combatting the blues. So, turn the beat (and your mood) around and make a playlist comprised of inspiring, empowering, mood-lifting jams. Dance your heart out while you’re at it — speaking of which …
The blues may make you want to hit the couch and majorly binge mac & cheese and Netflix — and that’s OK, sometimes. But what will make you feel better in the long run is being active and eating right. Bless your body with some high-nutrient foods and hit the yoga studio, gym, or wherever you like to get a move on.
To paraphrase the brilliant Maya Angelou: Be the rainbow in somebody’s else’s cloudy day. In addition to doing good in the world, the mood bounce you’ll get from making someone else’s day is well worth it. Surprise a co-worker with their favorite coffee drink, pay someone a genuine compliment, volunteer your time — kindnesses of all shapes and sizes will do the trick!
This January too shall pass! Sometimes the best way to get over a bummer of a present is to scheme on a happy future. What’s coming up that you can look forward to? Where do you want to have your next travel nursing adventure? Search jobs and scheme on your happy next move — it’s empowering, enlightening, and 100% positive.
We hope these 8 ways to beat the January blues give you some solace. If nothing else, remember that spring is just around the corner!