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Dealing with post Christmas blues

Dealing with post Christmas blues
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January can be a glum month. In the run up to Christmas the short dark days can be offset against a full social calendar, bright twinkling lights and the magic of the festive season. But once that’s all over with for another year empty bank accounts, the post-Christmas scales reading and returning to work after the holidays can leave us feeling a little blue. It doesn’t have to be that way though. Here are some of our top tips for ridding yourself of the post-Christmas blues.

Exercise

It may seem like we’re starting the list with a chore that will make you feel even worse, but trust us. Getting a daily dose of exercise will boost your energy levels and release feel-good endorphins to your brain. You’ll also be able to feel smug that you’re getting off the couch and doing something and if you dread looking at the scales following festive indulgences, exercise will help lose the extra pounds you’ve gained.

Make plans

Your annual leave may not be until September but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning what you’re going to do with it. Making plans for the year gives you stuff to look forward to and helps get you through a gloomy January. It doesn’t have to be something expensive like a holiday; a night out with your best friends will have the same effect.

Look forward

If your post-Christmas blues are mainly related to returning to work then you might want to make some changes in your career. Think about what you want from your job and how you can go about making those changes happen. Use those dark evenings to look into other job prospects or retraining opportunities. Once you have set the wheels in motion, you’ll find yourself well motivated to see things through and end up with a job you love.

Dealing with post Christmas blues

Socialise

January isn’t really a month we associate with socialising. Everyone tends to be a bit partied out and broke after the festivities. But that doesn’t mean you can’t organise a get together. Good company is a great mood enhancer so ring around some people and arrange to spend some time together. It doesn’t have to be a big night out, a coffee and a catch up or a night in together works just as well.

Laugh lots

It may seem obvious but laughter really is a great way to boost your mood. Sit down to a funny film or book and let nature do its thing. In beating the winter blues, laughter really is the best medicine. Surround yourself with things and people that make you smile and you’ll find the January blues slip away.

Eat well

It’s always tempting to reach for comfort food when the evenings are long and dark but you may be doing more harm than good. Comfort food isn’t well known for helping weight loss and if your weight is something that’s contributing to your blues then you’ll end up feeling worse. You don’t have to give up the comfort food altogether, just make a few changes. Replace white pasta and bread with wholegrains, make your own healthy stews and soups and cut down on portion sizes and you’ll be able to enjoy winter food without the guilt.

 

 

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About Maria Brett

Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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