Beat the Blues this January

In these current times, it’s easy to feel under the weather compared to previous January’s. Dark nights, cold weather, and a Global Pandemic to top it all off.  
While it’s thought to be the most depressing month of the year, we’ve put together some tips that can help you combat any blue feelings. 

Exercise 

Any form of daily exercise is a great way to help combat the blues, whether it’s walking the dog, taking a run, or joining an online class at home.

Finding the motivation is sometimes the hardest part, especially during the winter months. Taking small steps to find an exercise that you enjoy is a good way to help you find a routine that fits in with your daily life. It could be as simple as 20 minutes of housework- the feeling of accomplishment makes it even more rewarding, too.

Sleep Hygiene 

Most people’s sleep has been affected during the Pandemic in some way or another. You may be worrying a little more about the current situation, resulting in a change in sleeping patterns. Maybe you’re not getting the right amount of sleep each night, or you could be oversleeping instead.

The recommended hours for most adults is 7-9 hours. Limiting technology and avoiding the news right before bed are just some of the ways that can help you to settle of an evening.

Balanced Diet

Now more than ever we’re trying to look after our bodies and what foods we put in them. Maintaining a balanced diet is key to a lot of health benefits, although it’s not always easy to stay perfectly on track every day (especially during these strange times.)

More of us are currently working from home and millions of people are out of work for different reasons, so adjusting to a new situation isn’t always easy to stay on track with our diets. But by trying our best to eat the nutritious foods we need each day, we can reduce the chances of developing illnesses such as depression and keep low moods to a minimum.

It is believed that diets with a high glycemic load may increase low moods and developing depression, including refined carbohydrates, soft drinks, white bread, and biscuits. Foods with a lower glycemic level such as fruit, vegetables, and whole grains in our diets are important in our diets to stable our moods and provide a wider range of health benefits.

Yoga and Meditation

Although it may not be for everyone, the benefits of taking up Yoga and Meditation are thought to be amazing for improving our mental health and make for great physical exercise, as well as learning some new skills.

Now is a great time to try something new, with hundreds of exercise classes moving online. Taking some time every day for ourselves is vital, especially if it could have a positive effect on our wellbeing.

Contact Loved Ones

Staying in contact with loved ones during the Pandemic is so important for our own wellbeing as well as others. Checking in on people to make sure they’re managing okay is really rewarding in itself too,

Although keeping in contact is great, know your boundaries when it comes to being on your phone and checking social media. Take time away from technology to engage in other relaxing activities when it becomes overwhelming. Limit your social media usage and only read legitimate, trusted news outlets.

Self Care

Taking a little bit of time for yourself each day is essential. Whether that’s making a hot drink, taking a bath or shower, calling a loved one, cuddling a pet, reading a good book, or going on a winter walk.

Rewarding yourself for completing tasks throughout the day is a great way to help you take each day as it comes, especially if you’re struggling more than usual. Never suffer alone, and never be afraid to reach out for help when you need it- may that be speaking to a family member, trusted friend, or your doctor.

References:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bryanrobinson/2020/10/03/groundbreaking-new-study-shows-yoga-and-meditation-benefit-physical-and-mental-health/?sh=5aca05ed37fa

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322268#better-mood

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