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HOW TO BEAT THE MONDAY BLUES

The excitement of Christmas has been replaced by early mornings, grim weather and challenging resolutions, leaving some of us feeling a little bit blue.  Today is officially Blue Monday which has been characterised as the most depressing day of the year. 

Here are our tips on how to beat Blue Monday

#1 – Cut Out The Alcohol
Quitting the booze will improve your sleeping patterns and increase your energy levels.  You may think that alcohol helps you fall asleep faster, this sleep is less restful and you will spend less time in a deep sleep.  Plus as you will be sleeping better it will allow you to wake up easier in the mornings – something that is surely beneficial!

#2 - Keep active
If you want to beat fatigue and general sluggishness you really need to be exercising regularly to keep those hormones happy.  If you find yourself demotivated at work, do some deskercise or go out for a brisk walk at lunch time.

#3 - Stock up on vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential to maintain a good mood.  We get it naturally from sunlight and store it in our skin. When we don't get enough of it, it affects our mood. Taking good quality over the counter supplements can help sustain your energy levels for the day.

 #4 - Smile. 
When you smile, you release a cascade of feel-good chemicals in your brain. Your body relaxes, and blood pressure may be lowered. Smiling is contagious, too, so if you smile at others you’ll help them feel better as well. 

#5 - Be grateful.
Recent research has shown that when you take time to appreciate what you already have, you’ll feel more energetic and optimistic. Make a list of things you’re grateful for, and people you’re grateful you know.

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