January 16, 2019
Beating the January Blues in Northumberland with Walking
January can feel like a really depressing time – the period after the fun festive gatherings where you have to return to work and often have nothing much to look forward to.
Health 24 refers to the concept of “Januaworry” – where the financial strain after the festive season, coupled with a feeling of pessimism, really makes you feel down. However, it also says that January can, for many people, be the start of new things. Many will make New Year Resolutions, start gym memberships, eat more healthily or start a new hobby.
If you are feeling down, here are some tips:
1. Don't compare yourself with others: Everyone around you has different experiences. Their financial situation and their goals are different, and also their social media profile is often a stark contrast to their normal life. Don’t assume everything you see on Facebook is real life.
2. Remember - the calendar is just a number: January is just another month. Don't have too high expectations of yourself simply because it's the start of a new year. You don’t HAVE to set resolutions, and you don’t have to feel a sense of renewal. If this puts pressure on you, consider January as just another month.
3. Be kind to yourself: Try and feel optimistic where you can. If you feel depressed, address these feelings and get professional help.
4. If you are still feeling a little down, try to go for a walk. Getting out into nature is a great way to feel a mood lift. You can experience some fresh air and blow the cobwebs away. There are plenty of places to walk in Northumberland, including:
- Northumberland Coast Path - where you can see castles, beaches and plenty of wildlife. If you want something remote, head north of Bamburgh Castle and discover Lindisfarne Castle. Alternatively, the path from Craster to Dunstanburgh offers a gentler walk.
- St. Oswald’s Way – This is a great place to walk as at one end you will find Hadrian’s Wall and at the other, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Here you will also discover Pilgrims’ Way, the path between the mainland and Lindisfarne.
- Hadrian's Wall Path – This is an unbroken 84 mile trail which goes from coast-to-coast, Wallsend in the east to Bowness-on-solway in the west.
- St. Cuthbert's Way - This route is a varied and exciting one, because you will experience both rugged terrain and huge sandy beaches.
- The National Park – The National Park is also a great place to head. If you want something challenging, try the long distance hill and moorland trails. You will be impressed by the 600 miles of marked footpaths and bridleways in this park. Even if you have been here time and time again, you will likely find a new route with new things to see.
5. A short break. Planning a short break for some time in the next few months can help you get through January. What about a luxury cottage, like those offered by Grace Darling holidays. You can choose from a range of dates and lengths of stay, depending on your availability and budget.