Beating the January Blues!

Jan 10, 2019 Hints tips
Beating the January Blues!
The days are short, the weather is miserable and the temperatures are low. Not to mention all the extra food consumed leaving us feeling sluggish and lethargic.

 

When all the excitement of Christmas is over, the dark winter days are much less appreciated and can make even the most highly spirited of us feel down in the dumps.

 

If you’re struggling with a case of the January Blues, maybe some of our tips below can help you feel a little happier this winter…

 

  1. Go outside
During the winter months, the amount of “the happy hormone” serotonin in the body can dip due to the shorter days so it is really important to get out of the house as much as you can.
Sunlight can boost the amount of serotonin in the body and even just a short walk outside during your lunch break with make a difference.
  1. Exercise
One of the best ways to improve overall wellbeing and mood is to get some exercise.
Exercise reduces stress hormone levels and can help give you a more positive outlook on life as well as enabling you to sleep more deeply.
Why not kill two birds with one stone and exercise outside?
  1. Eat properly
During the winter months, we are often drawn to comfort and junk foods. We often crave for carbohydrates and stodgy foods which could be down to the fact that we’re spending so much more time indoors and we’re cold.
You can improve how you’re feeling by eating a good, varied diet with things such as fruit and veg, nuts, pulses, grains. Consuming complex carbohydrates such as wholegrains will release energy more slowly and keep you feeling fuller for longer.
What we put in our body really makes a difference to the way we feel.
  1. Self-reflect
The New Year often brings with it a need for people to self-reflect. Allowing yourself to acknowledge your feelings can help you find ways to resolve them.
If you’re feeling down, it may be worth thinking about what could make you happier in your life. If you have specific things which are causing you to feel anxious or sad, why not make a list and find possible solutions.

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