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How to beat the January Blues through art

Words by Abi Scaife

One non-profit organisation is launching its tenth annual ‘January Challenge’ to help people fight off the blues that come with the winter and the new year.

Sounds fun! Tell me more.

The January Challenge is all about encouraging people to do something fun and creative - without spending any money. Set up by 64 Million Artists, a charity that helps encourage creativity and well-being, the aim of the challenge is to help people through what can be a difficult time of year.

Why is January so difficult?

For many of us, it’s a combination of post-holiday blues and being stuck in the dead of winter - but for the 2 million people in the UK that suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, it’s even more complicated than that.

The point is, January is when we’re all stuck in that C.S. Lewis ‘always winter, never Christmas’ part of the year - and that can leave us all feeling a little low.

So how does the January Challenge help?

The January Challenge is made up of 31 different fun and creative activities and prompts to get you going throughout the month. These challenges are always creative, and often help you get out of the house and connect with others.

It’s totally free and there’s no pressure to take part every day - but so far they have had huge amounts of success making people feel better in just a few days.

Sign up for the January Challenge here, on the 64 Million Artists website.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Good Health and Wellbeing.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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