With the weather chillier and the days shorter and darker than ever, boosting your mood will certainly be on your mind.
After all the fun and frolics of Christmas and New Year, January is often considered the most depressing month of the year. Here we take a closer look at the ‘January Blues’ and the common – and not-so-common – steps you can take to lift your spirits this New Year.
What exactly are the ‘January Blues’?
The ‘January Blues’, known officially as seasonal affective disorder or SAD, affect the mind, body and soul in so many different ways. Dr. Will Cave explains more about the symptoms of post-holiday depression:
“The January blues is another name for situational depression and is associated with the way we think and feel. Symptoms of the January blues are things such as low mood and sadness, lack of motivation, tiredness and low energy… Find comfort in knowing that you are absolutely not alone in feeling blue in January.”
How can you boost your mood this January?
There are many steps you can take to relieve the temporary symptoms of winter depression. From practising better self-care and sharing your feelings with loved ones to maintaining a healthy routine complete with regular exercise and a balanced diet, every little helps.
Could feel-good jewellery be the solution?
Unbeknown to most, your choice of jewellery could also make a difference to your state of mind. The link between gemstone jewellery and wellbeing is widely acknowledged, which means a carefully selected purchase from us could just help you boost your mood on these longer, darker winter days.
Feel-good jewellery has become particularly popular in recent years, with the importance of self-care throughout the Covid-19 pandemic only boosting its appeal. The concept of using jewellery for wellbeing is a little older, however. Certain gemstones have been used throughout history to ensure protection, reassurance and positivity amongst other things.
Gemstone jewellery was used by ancient Egyptians and Romans to ward off misfortune, with many ancestors swearing by the mystical powers that gemstones were thought to possess. Discover more about the history of jewellery here.
Which gemstones should I choose?
There are more than 300 different types of documented gemstones, each of which represents a special meaning. Many of these gemstones and crystals are well known for their wellbeing power as well as their great looks.
Amethyst for instance is regarded for its purifying qualities, with people suffering from stress and insomnia wearing this stone to clear and calm the mind. Rose quartz is linked to relationships and is thought to promote trust and balance as well as self-love and self-worth.
Emeralds represent growth and renewal, making them the perfect stones for the New Year for those looking to start afresh.
Is wellbeing jewellery fact or fiction?
Whilst the debate rages on about whether there is power in gemstones or it’s simply the placebo effect that keeps gemstone wearers assured of their influence, doing all you can to preserve a more positive, healthier outlook is one thing we are passionate about supporting, whatever your experiences with gemstones or beliefs.