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January doesn't have to be blue...

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18 Jan 2016

January, it’s cold and dark, the holidays are over, many believe that it’s the most miserable month of the year - but does it have to be? It’s a well-known saying that ‘life is what you make it’ so why should January be any different?

So we can’t lie on the sofa in our pyjamas all day, eating chocolate and watching television, carbs can no longer be classed as friends and turkey curry is but a distant memory.

Food and rest seem to be the main things we crave after over indulging and forgetting the concept of exercise over the festive period. The majority of us may have put on a couple of pounds, the pressure to get in shape for summer begins to mount and setting our alarm at an ungodly hour for work is enough to tip us over the edge.
Here are some top tips on how to avoid the dreaded January blues; 

1. Healthy eating
Eating healthy is a great way to help get rid of that extra holiday weight however there are many more benefits to be gained from eating your five a day. A balanced diet will ensure increased productivity, eliminate stress and of course increase energy your energy levels.

2. Regular exercise
Exercise releases the ‘happy hormone’ serotonin - so join the gym, take up running, sign up for a sporting event to ensure your commitment and focus. You won’t have time to think about how depressing January is once you’ve downloaded the Couch to 5k app!

3. Reduce alcohol intake
Not only does reducing your alcohol intake make you feel less groggy, aid weight loss and help with your complexion but steering clear of wine and cocktails will have a positive impact on your bank account – often much needed after excessive spending over Christmas and New Year.

4. Focus on your career

Set realistic targets for yourself, what are you hoping to achieve in 2016? Are you eager to secure that promotion? Maybe you want to improve last year’s performance? Most importantly, if your job or career is making you unhappy, try to find ways to improve your situation. Perhaps you’re ready for a change and what better time to consider this than a brand new year?!

5. Plan a holiday

Give yourself something to look forward to. If you’re going to be working hard why not treat yourself for doing so? Going on holiday makes us all happy, so if the Christmas break just wasn’t enough, get something else in the calendar.

6. Positive mental attitude

Wake up smiling, as the saying goes “one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day”

There are many ways to improve your mood. Ultimately, if you put the effort in to make changes and create opportunities for yourself, however big or small, then you’ll realise that January isn’t all that bad after all.

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