Banish those January blues

Published: Sunday 11th January 2015 by The News Editor

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So, you spent most of December eating your body weight in sweet treats and chocolate and rang in the new year with a vat of fizz… the fun is over now though.

January is here – the feast has been cleared away, the party is over, and for many, it’s been replaced with a big fat anti-climax (possibly a large credit card bill, bulging waistline and ongoing hangover too).

But you don’t need to put yourself through the ringer – here are 10 top tips on seeing off the inevitable January slump…

Appreciate the norm

So you haven’t won the lotto and another year of work is beckoning, so what? Take a moment to note down all the things you appreciate but take for granted. You can physically get out of bed. You have people who love you. It’s not really so bad is it?

Fake it ’til you make it

Even if you feel down in the dumps, try walking tall and slapping on a smile an A-lister would be proud of. Chances are you’re going to feel better straight away as your brain will think you’re happy, release feel-good chemicals, and voila, you do actually feel happier.

Change your aim

“Stop setting your sights on ‘getting through the week’ or ‘surviving until my next holiday’. Raise your game,” advises Andy Cope, co-author of Be Brilliant Every Day and founder of . “Set your aim to ‘enjoy the week’ or ‘to inspire people’. And when setbacks occur, ask yourself, ‘Where is this issue on a scale of 1 to 10 (where 10 is death)?’ If it’s death, you are allowed to feel down. Anything else, get over it.”

Practise the four-minute rule

That is, be your best self for the first four minutes of arriving at work, being in a meeting, getting home. You’ll feel amazing and your brilliance will be infectious both to those around you, and to yourself – seriously, it will be.

Stop unhelpful internal chatter

“Remember it’s ‘How’ not ‘What’ you think that most effects your mood,” says Lisa Turner, an expert in human transformation and evolution and founder of . “Change that voice in your head that you use to give yourself a hard time – and change it to sound like Daffy Duck. Next time you are beating yourself up – all you need to do is ‘Shut the duck up’.”

Pretend the sun’s shining

No one enjoys getting out of bed in what seems the dead of night, but if the dark winter mornings are really getting to you, invest in a special light lamp alarm clock, which will ease you into the day by mimicking the light of a beautiful summer’s morning.

Make it to the gym

We all know exercise releases those feel-good endorphins and you don’t have to slog away for hours – a 20-minute blitz will do. Failing that, treat yourself to a sauna twice a week. Feel amazing – minus the effort.

Get herbal

“If you’re feeling tired after the festive period, it can often make you feel more down than usual,” says Shona Wilkinson, nutritionist at . “Magnesium is an excellent mineral to take to increase energy and help us to feel better about ourselves, while St John’s Wort is a licensed herb to support feelings of mild depression.”

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Published: Sunday 11th January 2015 by The News Editor

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