Well, how quickly did that fly by?! It seems like only yesterday I was having the first door on my advent and now here we are plodding our way through January! I have had quite a few messages lately from people feeling down or de-motivated and I wanted to address this head on!
January can make even the most energetic of us feel down but I am determined to not by ruled by the miserable weather, long days or just the fact Christmas is over! I have been keeping such a positive mind-set the last week and I wanted to share with you my top tips on how to beat those January blues!
1. GET MOVING
As you know, I encourage anyone to get moving at any-time of the year but it is particularly important when you are feeling down! Everyone has a different form of exercise they enjoy the most, so find your niche, whether its dancing, running, yoga, HIIT or boxing and get your body moving!
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Those good old endorphins will soon be moving round your system and have you feeling full of energy, refreshed and happier! Remember, any exercise is natures anti-depressant!
2. BOOK A BREAK AWAY
You probably don’t need me to tell you but research shows that on holiday is when we feel at our happiest. Plan ahead and book a getaway with loved ones for something to look forward too and some extra motivation to power through the blues! How can you not be excited at the thought of a beach, sun and cocktails?!
3. GET ORGANISED!
One of the things I find hardest about January is getting back into that routine after Christmas! Grab yourself a pretty diary or journal and organised – I promise you, if will declutter your brain and leave you feeling lighter!
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4. SET YOURSELF REALISTIC GOALS
I think it is really important to refocus yourself and set some (realistic!!) targets for the year. For example, get a promotion, save money or get fitter. Whatever your goals may be, jot them down in January and start working towards them. When you look back at the end of the year and you have achieved them, think how great you will feel.
5. EAT YOURSELF HAPPY
It is a well-known fact that eating certain foods can affect your mood! Research suggests eating lots of omega-3 can block certain chemicals that cause low moods. Try and add lots of oily fish, nuts and seeds to your diet for extra omega-3!
6. GET OUTSIDE!
One of the main things that can lead to feeling low is lack of sunlight, so boost your mood by getting outside. Try to make it a habit to go for a 20/30-minute walk on your lunch break and don’t let the dark mornings and evenings change your workout routine! I know it is tempting to race home and curl up on the sofa but you will feel so much better for getting outdoors.