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10 Ways to Beat The January Blues

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You’ve finished off the mince pies, you’ve gone back to work and the weather is truly miserable. It is no wonder that so many of us get stuck in the rut of ‘January Blues.’ It’s not just the rain making us miserable – January is one of the busiest times of year for relationship counsellors and divorce lawyers after couple’s row over the festive break. It is also estimated that 4 out of 5 of us are looking to move companies this year. So how do we beat the negativity, and embrace the joys of January? Follow our Top 10 tips here: Indulge Your Bad Mood If you’re missing the excitement of Christmas, New Years resolutions are getting you down; or the worlds looking like a dark miserable place then embrace it – and turn it into positive energy. Instead of wishing the days away waiting for the summer, embrace the winter nights by making soup, and watching films in your pyjamas. Healthy Eating Ditch the diet and switch starving for a sensible healthy eating plan. Cut back to three smaller meals a day, and incorporate super-foods such as oily fish, nuts and broccoli into your diet – they can all enhance your mood. Exercise and Sleep Exercise has been proven as an effective treatment for mild depression. Combine this with regular and sufficient sleep. Sleep experts say that 7 to 8 hours sleep in a consistent pattern will stop you becoming lethargic. Plan a Holiday Going on holiday makes us happy! A survey found that out of 1000 people, almost three quarters felt their holiday gave them the time and space to feel happy. Improve Your Situation Identify what is troubling you and make small steps to overcoming your problems. It may be as simple as chatting with your boss about a heavy workload. There is always a way to improve your situation – set yourself goals and they will trigger you into positive action. Meditate Meditation offers innumerable benefits for your body, mind and spirit. Not only does it decrease anxiety, stress and depression but also it boosts your immune system and increases grey matter in your brain. Need we say more? Learn a New Skill Use the New Year as a reason to take up something you’ve always wanted to try. Whether it’s playing the guitar or learning a new language, expanding your talents could also help you meet new people. Spring (or Winter!) Clean Clear out your wardrobe, sort out the kitchen and throw away all that old paperwork. You’ll be amazed how much better you feel once you can see the wood for the trees. Treat Yourself Embrace the New Year and a new you! Whether it’s a new haircut or the outfit you’ve been longing for since before Christmas, just say yes. Give Back Giving our time for free gives us a sense of purpose and satisfaction that paid work cannot. Whether it’s volunteering or simply helping out an elderly neighbour, giving back to the community can help others in need whilst boosting your spirits.

Posted: 15/01/2014

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