Now we have packed away the last bauble and firmly put the fun and frolics of the festive season behind us, January can leave us feeling a little glum. Here are a few basic tips to beat the January blues and embrace the New Year feeling more upbeat.
Don’t set unrealistic resolutions
While making plans to better yourself is a good thing, make sure these goals are realistic and achievable. Unrealistic goals are likely to end in failure and this is never a good feeling – don’t set your self up to fail. If you have set yourself a challenging resolution, set mini goals so you can get a sense of achievement along the way. This should help keep you motivated to stay on track.
Try something new
Look to find a new hobby or introduce something new into your routine. Getting passionate about something new can help relieve stress and gives you something to look forward to – a great way to lift your mood.
Have a little me time
Christmas and New Year is often fun but exhausting! Take some me time and relax. This could be anything from a simple bath, curling up for an hour with a good book, going for a walk or booking a spa treatment - just make sure you have some you time away from the stresses of daily life.
Most of us ‘overdo it’ in December and feel a little heavier and more sluggish in the New Year. Take time to focus on enjoying a healthy diet and keep hydrated. Try to have a diet rich in wholegrains, lean meat, oily fish and at least 5 portions of varied seasonal fruit and vegetables. Not only will you feel better physically, your mood will also improve as you start to feel better.
You don’t have to rush out and join a gym like everyone else in January! A simple 30-minute walk can boost your mood, raise your heartbeat and release endorphins – lifting your mood! Regular exercise can increase energy and increase overall physical and mental health.