Clues on how to avoid the November Blues

With November upon us, how can we nip that 'meh' feeling in the bud?

Molly Jackson
10th November 2021
Image from Pixabay @lrasonja
November blues can seem almost unavoidable. It's a strange interim month for some; a period between the start of term and the Christmas holiday that feels a bit deflated. Down days combined with bad weather, a stressful workload, and homesickness, are all symptoms many find hard to escape. It’s important to remember that feeling down is a completely normal and (unfortunately) common symptom of this period, but by acknowledging it, we can work towards nipping it in the bud.

Exercise always seems great in theory but is sometimes harder to put into action. I, for one, am not someone who enjoys the thought of exercise, but I promise you a run or a home workout will improve your mood entirely. Endorphins are your best friend in November, making you feel much more productive and positive. I also find that a walk amongst nature often helps clear my head and remind me of what I love about life. The cold air on my face and the breeze pushing my hair back always brings me joy.  However, endorphins are not exclusive to exercise…

Endorphins are your best friend in November, making you feel much more productive and positive.

For busy minds, mediation also brings a sense of peace and inner happiness. It gives me the chance to relax without the constant worry of my overthinking brain. Slowing down and concentrating on the patterns of your breathing and focusing your mind on something else may also bring you peaceful prosperity.

Keeping in contact with my family and friends, and regularly reaching out to them when I am feeling down reminds me that there are people who will always be there for me.  However, it is also important to spend time with yourself, listen to your own needs, and make time to meet them.

Slowing down and concentrating on the patterns of your breathing and focusing your mind on something else may also bring you peaceful prosperity.

Ultimately, embrace winter!  The beauty of winter offers cosy nights in, hot chocolate, takeaways, drunken board games nights with friends and more importantly… the lead up to Christmas!

November is a hard time for a lot of people but reminding yourself of the things you are grateful for in your life is certain to lift your mood.

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