January is widely considered to be the most depressing month of the year. Christmas is over, and summer is so far away! There aren’t even any bank holidays to look forward to until April this year. The lack of sunshine is often cited as the cause of many people’s January blues. A scientist even went so far as to make a formula on how to work out ‘the most depressing day of the year’, or Blue Monday, as it is commonly known. This year, it fell on Monday January 20th.
However, the science behind this has never been revealed. It is possible no science was involved at all, as the formula was released in conjunction with a publicity campaign by Sky Travel!
At The Cheapest Life Insurance we don’t like to dwell on the negatives. Instead, we decided to have a look at ways to beat the January blues. According to mentalhealth.org.uk, the big three rules to follow are:
• Exercise! Going for a run might be the last thing you want to do but exercise improves your energy levels, boosts your immune system and triggers the release of endorphins; the chemicals in the brain that make you feel happy. If you can’t face going outside now is a good time to try a new indoor sport, like swimming, squash or even kickboxing.
• Eat well! Avoid loading up on sugary foods, which will only make you feel sluggish. Try oily fish, like salmon or mackerel, which are rich in omega 3. Omega 3 is shown to improve low moods and banish lethargy.
• Be sociable! Being cut off from friends or family can make a low mood worse. Even if all you want to do is curl up on your own with a film and a hot chocolate, force yourself to get out and see people, you might be surprised by how effortlessly it improves your mood!
Those of you in touch with your spiritual side may also be interested to try another tip from the Mental Health foundation, by practicing something called ‘mindfulness’. This is a combination of yoga, meditation and breathing techniques that is supposed to improve your mood. If you’re interested, check out this link http://www.bemindfulonline.com/ to take an online course.
Naturally, some people aren’t affected by the January blues at all. But if you do find yourself feeling down, why not try out these tips and see if they work for you.