1. Vitamin D
Increase your sunshine intake! Vitamin D is so important to beat the blues, and help regulate your mood. Get outside and soak in as much sunshine as possible- "our bodies create vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin when outdoors, but between October and early March we do not make enough vitamin D from sunlight.Vitamin D is also found in a small number of foods.
Sources include:oily fish – such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel
fortified foods – such as some fat spreads and breakfast cereals
2. Balanced Diet
Eat a balanced, varied diet. Avoid lots of sugary and fatty foods. An intake of healthy and varied foods can increase the range of vitamins and nutrition we get resulting in a better mood!
3. Plan ahead!
Make plans that will give you something to look forward to. Another holiday, a dinner with a friend, even a self care day! Do something that you will enjoy and will get you excited.
Don't forget to plan time for yourself- time to relax, take a bath, do a face mask, treat yourself! You need time for yourself to destress and unwind.
Drink plenty of water! It is recommended to have 3-4L a day or 8 cups. Flush out all those holiday toxins and stimulating the flow of hormones and nutrients in your body- get those endorphins circulating!
5. Be realistic
Be realistic with your New Year's resolutions. Don’t be too harsh on yourself and don't aim TOO high. Know your limits and aim for something achievable. When you achieve one of your goals, you'll be motivated to keep aiming higher and succeeding! Don’t give up- even if you do temporarily, don't be too harsh on yourself and get back on that path to happiness.
6. Keep active!
Find time out of your busy day and try and get active. Go for a walk, a jog, some yoga- whatever floats your boat. It's been said that keeping active increases endorphins and dopamine which are your brains happy chemicals! It can also re-energise you and promote better sleep.
Hate exercise? Why not make it social- go for a walk with a friend, do an exercise class together, life is more fun with others!
Try and get some decent rest. Get back into your normal sleep routine. The body needs time to heal and recover when you're asleep, so don't skip out on that beauty sleep! A good night's sleep will have you feeling energised and ready to face the day.
We hope these help! What are your top tips to beat the January blues?