Feeling the Christmas comedown? Can wait for January Payday so you can treat yourself? Its perfectly normal to feel like this at this time of year but there are a few things you can do to pick yourself up from the January blues….
Each year the 3rd Monday in January is nicknamed ‘Blue Monday’. Apparently, this is the most depressing day of the year, It’s the day we feel the most broke, the coldest, and the most demotivated that our plans to get fit, drink less, lose weight, work harder etc etc have gone astray. It was concept originally developed by psychologist Cliff Arnall who came up with a formula that considered factors that contribute to our mood such as Weather, Debt, Time till payday, Time since Christmas, Time since failing New Years Resolutions, Motivational Level and the feeling of a need to take action and today is the day all those factors are at their peak. The good news is…. the worst day of the year is nearly over!
So, if you are feeling a little bit low what actions can you take that won’t cost the earth but can lift your mood naturally? Here out top 8 go to solutions:
- Take some exercise outside – This will temporarily boost the feel-good chemicals called endorphins. Studies have shown that regular exercise actually encourages the brain to re-wire itself in a positive way…. And it can be free!
- Set yourself some goals – setting yourself small achievable daily goals can give you focus and make you feel back in control of your own life. There’s nothing better than ticking jobs off a list for making you feel you have accomplished something. Start with simple daily tasks and gradually make them more challenging as you feel stronger.
- Eat something healthy…. Fuel your body with nutrition and food that is bright in colours and makes you feel great. If you body is healthy your mind will follow.
- Write down your negative thoughts and challenge them – We are our own worst critics. Think how you would advise a friend if they told you their negative thoughts… I bet it would be different and less critical that the narrative going on in your head!
- Treat yourself – Take a relaxing bath with essential oils such as lavender, Chamomile or Vetiver and then lather yourself with body oil for an at home spa experience.
- Phone a friend – that one you have been meaning to call for months. You would be amazed how a simple phone call to an old friend can lift a low mood especially if you can squeeze a few laughs in. Laughing can induce physical changes in your body that help with depression. When you laugh you take in more oxygen which stimulates your organs, you activate your stress response, and you stimulate circulation which can relax muscles.
- Try to avoid alcohol – it doesn’t make you an alcoholic if you reach for the bottle every so often to help you relax and forget about your worries. Alcohol may solve the short-term low mood but what happens when you sober up? Alcohol lowers serotonin and norepinephrine levels, which help regulate mood so can leave you more depressed than you did before your cheeky G & T!
- Last but definitely not least take some CBD Oil! Building CBD into your daily routine has been proven to stimulate our neurotransmitter systems and helps to produces positive chemicals in our brains such as serotonin and endocannabinoids – the key hormones that regulate mood, feelings of well-being and happiness. Take the CBD quiz to see which CBD product is best for you.