We’re almost through January. You’ve survived Blue Monday, but there’s still a week to go. Maybe you’re on a detox, dry January, recovering from that nasty cold, or festive over indulgences? Here’s our tips to own January and beat the last of the blues into submission.
It’s cold outside. Tuck yourself up indoors and make the most of an indulgent, lazy weekend. Why not luxuriate with breakfast in bed? A really good cup of coffee or tea in the comfort of your own bed helps you start the day the right way – even better if you treat yourself to the ultimate comfort food to go with it - toast and jam, anyone? And don’t feel guilty about eating something sweet with your breakfast – the antioxidants and caffeine in tea and coffee are beneficial for your health, so you can enjoy the odd treat to cheer you up.
Hygge is a massive trend right now – it’s time to get cosy! Set your home up for the cold winter months until spring comes along with soft blankets, cushions and the right mood lighting. Relaxing scented candles and tinted lightbulbs in your lamps will set the right scene. Add a cosy cuppa – whether your preference is tea or coffee – and you’re all set for a cosy morning, afternoon, or evening...
At the opposite end of the spectrum, now’s a good time to make the most of any cold, crisp, dry days and get out and about. Wrap up warm and go for a walk somewhere that inspires you – it might be the local park or riverside, where you can surround yourself with nature, or a stroll around the town or city in which you live. City walks on quiet days offer the chance for a different perspective – look up at the architecture and skyline and appreciate the view, visit areas you may not usually go to, or just try wandering somewhere that you wouldn’t pass on your day-to-day commute or working day.
Ok, if you’re on a January diet or detox, this won’t be possible until February, but if you’re just feeling the strain of the first, miserable month of the new year, a little of what you fancy can do you good. Have a nice slice of cake with your cosy cuppa, a little bit of your favourite chocolate, or some of the sweets you have left over from the festive season. The fun and festivities of December may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself.
Savour an after-dinner coffee and maybe a bit of dark chocolate, which is full of antioxidants and polyphenols to make you feel happier. In fact, the coffee itself can help you feel better, too. Recent research in the USA showed that women who drink two or more cups of caffeinated coffee each day were at a 15-20 percent lower risk of suffering from depression; this is thought to be because caffeine increases dopamine and serotonin uptake in the brain.
A recent study showed that reading for just six minutes can reduce stress by 68 percent. Apparently, the action of reading eases muscle tension and lowers the heart rate. Who knew? Time to check out the local library or renew that magazine subscription.
Think about everything you enjoyed about last year and everything you achieved and write it down. You may be surprised at how much is on the list – seeing it all on paper is sure to lift the spirits.
Whether it’s your furry friend, partner, parents, children or grandchildren – hug someone you love. Guaranteed to provide an instant boost and bring a smile to even the grumpiest face.
Make a date to see the people you couldn’t meet up with over the festive season and have a good catch up – and a cuddle, if appropriate! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy – you could go for a warm cup of tea or coffee and a good chat, walk around together, visit a local market, cook a meal together. The fun is in the friendship. If you can’t get together in person, having a good natter and catching up on the telephone keeps you connected.
Whether you’re on a specific diet or not, eating healthily can help you feel a lot better. While it’s important to treat yourself with tasty treats every so often, eating a wide range of organic fruits and vegetables can help perk you up. Up your level of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants with a rainbow on a plate – think green, leafy vegetables, colourful radishes, carrots and tomatoes, crunchy celery, piquant peppers, nourishing nuts. Crunchy vegetables, such as radishes and celery, are thought to stimulate feel good chemicals in the brain,dopamine and norepinephrine. Nuts and seeds are high inalpha-linolenic acid, which supports the body’s processing of dopamine and serotonin to help you feel happier. Pick anything you like – and don’t be afraid to try something new. You never know, you may really like the taste of kale…
It’s invigorating and motivating to have a New Year clear out of all the clutter; but make a little time and room for nostalgia, too. Taking a little bit of time out to look at those old photos, letters, cards, awards and achievements and relive happy memories can give you a welcome boost, especially if you’re tucked up in the warm on a dreary day.
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