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How to beat the January blues

After weeks of excitement, festivities and indulgence, January can feel like a bit of slump, leaving us feeling lack lustre for the year ahead. Blue Monday might not be an actual thing (apparently on January 17th) but the feelings are real, and luckily there are things that we can do to help us feel a little brighter. 

Here are five ways to beat the January blues;

Go outside

There might not be much sunlight in January, and you might not feel like going out if the weather isn't great, but getting outside and blowing the cobwebs away is a great way to lift your mood. With over 2 million people in the UK suffering with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) getting outside even for just twenty minutes a day can make a huge difference to our emotional wellbeing. 

De clutter and clean your home

Organising and cleaning your home is a great way of 'starting fresh' for the year. We might be a way off Spring Cleaning, but starting now in the winter months means that when the warmer weather arrives, we can enjoy getting outside instead of rushing the jobs we need to do in the house. Clearing and cleaning in the home has been proven to improve our mental health, and if you use natural cleaning products with essential oils then you will improve the air quality in your home and benefit from the mood lifting aromatherapy. 

Get a good nights sleep

Not getting enough sleep can prevent us from being able to regulate our emotions, which can contribute to anxiety and depression. Getting into a good evening routine can help our bodies to wind down, and our minds slow down. Try to avoid any digital devices an hour before bed and opt for reading instead. Take a bath with mineral rich Bath Salts to help you unwind. Using a sleep spray is also a great way to get you into a deep sleep. 

Get active

Most of us end up feeling sluggish after the indulgence of Christmas. Getting active will improve your physical and mental health. It's important to choose an activity you really enjoy so it becomes part of your daily routine. There are loads of apps that will slowly coach you off that couch and to get your trainers on, like Couch to 5K where you can even choose which celebrity will be coaching you through the programme. 

Take time out for yourself

Most of us are so busy with work, home, kids that we forget the importance of taking some time out for ourselves. We often feel that taking time for ourselves is indulgent or selfish, that there's always something to be done and the guilt we feel stops us from doing something we enjoy.  The truth is, if we don't slow down and take care of our own needs then we will end up feeling burnt out. Time out can be as simple as a cup of tea and magazine, half an hour doing gardening, lighting an aromatherapy candle, listening to music, going for a dog walk. When you start to accept the importance of taking time for self-care, then you will truly start to live a productive, happy, and successful life.

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