Beating the January Blues

The festive season is over, the Christmas memories start to fade and as January gets underway you may notice your mood dipping. Today, Monday 15th January is deemed the most depressing day of the year, dubbed ‘Blue Monday’. It is calculated using a series of factors: Christmas debt, the numbers on the scales after all those Turkey and Ham dinners, the gloomy weather, returning to work after all the festivities and the demotivation of already failing in your new year’s resolution. To help you through Blue Monday, and the general January blues, we’ve put together a number of tips that may help cheer up your month and help you kick-start the New Year.

Beating the January Blues

1. Exercising

This is probably the best obvious answer, but exercise is scientifically proven to boost endorphins, moderate depression and improve your mood. 30 minutes of exercise a day can also assist with sleeping, allowing you to get those crucial 8 hours in a night.

2. Eat a balanced diet

Most of us overindulge during the festive period. Waistbands expands, and jeans that fitted comfortably at the beginning of December might feel tighter come the beginning of January. Skipping meals to counter the holiday binge is not the answer, instead follow a balanced diet, combined with regular moderate exercise, to burn away the excess calories.

3. #NoFilter

Don’t let those air brushed photographs on social media fool you into thinking that other people’s lives are perfect, because you only see the picture-perfect moments. Everything isn’t always as it seems, do don’t be deceived by social media newsfeeds!

4. Be Kind

Everyone you meet is going through their own personal daily battle, be kind, always.

5. Plan A Holiday

One of the best ways to lighten the mood after the festive period is by planning a holiday, and having something to look forward to. Having travel insurance in place is critical when travelling, covering against lost or stolen luggage, cancellation cover and most importantly, unexpected medical costs abroad.

6. Your health is your wealth

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However, if you are struggling with feelings of depression over a long period you should speak to your doctor, or a trusted family member or friend.

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