Now the excitement and festivities of Christmas are over the January blues can tend to creep in. This phenomenon is reported to be at its height towards the end of the month with many affected.

The condition is thought to be a result of poor weather conditions, the length of time since Christmas (not to mention the early December payday) and the challenge to keep up new year’s resolutions.

Loneliness and isolation can be felt at any age in society but it is particularly prevalent in older generations. Age UK reports that if loneliness is not addressed it can become chronic and could have a serious affect on people’s health and well-being, making it harder to get through the bleak days of January.

With this in mind, Langford View in Bicester ran a range of activities over the last week in January that were specifically designed to lift the mood and get the body moving, such as mindfulness lessons, performances from a professional singer and fitness classes.

Langford View Home Manager, Farida Ait-Tales, says: “There is much that can be done locally to help those in our community who feel lonely, particularly at this time of year. That’s why Langford View wanted to beat the January Blues in Bicester!”

The home also held a ‘Colourful Comedy Coffee Morning’ on Friday 25th January which was open to anyone in the community who felt like a laugh, chat and a cup of coffee. Colourful clothing and decorations lifted the spirits and hot drinks and refreshments were served as a comedian entertained the room.

If this sounds like something you or someone you know might enjoy, the home urges you to join them for one of their weekly coffee mornings. For more information please call the home on 01869 252343.