Posted by Lisa Elsworth on

Christmas is over, the decorations are down, your back at work, and the kids are back at school. It’s still cold and dark in the mornings you've drank too much, ate too much, feel sluggish and overweight and you haven’t booked your summer holiday yet. All in all you are feeling like you have nothing in particular to look forward to. January can make even the most energetic of us feel down in the dumps and the prospect of 3 more weeks of misery are enough to put anyone into hibernation.

That’s enough of the depressing introduction. Here are 10 tips to fight off those winter blues.

1) Book a holiday.

If you really want a lift then book a last minute holiday for the end of January. If that’s not possible why not book one for later in the year even flicking through the pages of a holiday brochure can make you feel better, lift your mood and it gives you something to look forward to.

2) Dry January

Why not join thousands of others in the Dry January Detox. You might think that glass of wine after work is the only thong getting you through the month. But the opposite can have a better effect. Lay off the cocktails, wine or pints after work for just 4 weeks and you will see the results not only for your health but your bank account as well.

3) Study

Why not spend just one night a week learning a new skill or trying something out, just for fun? You could perhaps enrol at college to do that photography course you have always wanted to do. If you don’t have time to go to college there are plenty of Online Schools. The School of Life studies offers low cost Accredited Training Courses in Holistic therapies and is certainly worth a look.

4) Go for a walk

The temptations for us to stay indoors because it’s cold and you have to much work to do are huge. Getting out into the fresh air, even in winter, is proven to be a great mood-booster for kids and adults alike so make an effort to go out, wrap up warm and go for a little walk, Take that lunch break. I guarantee you will feel better for it and if you’re lucky you’ll even catch a little of that winter sun you hear so much about. Exercising not only helps boost your energy levels and immune system, but it also causes the release of endorphins - naturally occurring chemicals that make us feel happier.

5) Take some time out for your self

Every once in a while perhaps when the kids are in bed or safely occupied somewhere else why not take the time to do something you enjoy, whether it’s having a nice relaxing bubble bath, watching your favorite film or reading some of your book. It’s important to have a little bit of me time. Do something you are good at. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you’re good at it and achieving something boosts your self-esteem, sense of well being and helps to beat stress.

6) Indulge in January Sale Therapy

Take a walk around the shops or have a look online, nothing can cheer you up like a good bargain

7) Visit somewhere new

Whether it’s somewhere nearby you have been meaning to visit or you take a day trip somewhere further afield, perhaps even a weekend away. Brighten up your January by visiting somewhere new. Sometimes breaking your routine can change your mind-set entirely. Don’t feel like you have to go far or spend lots of money personally I love going to the free Museums in Manchester and had a lovely day with the Children at a local butterfly park that I had never been to just 25 minutes away.

8) Try meditation.

Meditation offers innumerable benefits for your body, mind and spirit. The rest you gain in meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep. Meditation prevents stress from getting into the system and helps release the stress that has already accumulated. It can also bring about a true personal transformation. As you learn more about yourself, you’ll naturally want to discover more about the mystery of life, this universe, etc..If you struggle to focus by yourself you could perhaps look for a free meditation pod cast or app for your smartphone or MP3.

9) Change your eating habits

Now the festive season is over and the turkey is finally finished it’s a great time to change your eating habits and start a healthy eating pla Comfort food like crisps or chocolate might sound appealing but a healthy diet may help to prevent certain serious diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It may also help to reduce your risk of developing some cancers as well as helping you shift those Christmas Pounds. It’s more important than ever to take care of yourself.

10) Sleep Well

Poor sleep can affect negatively on your mood and mental health. So make sure you a get a good night’s restful sleep.

Article Source: Lisa Elsworth

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