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How To Beat The January Blues

05.01.2015

The festive season is over, and for the majority of us, it is back to reality.

You were steadfast on your ‘New Year, New You’ mission, but now life has gone back to normal, the weather is wet and cold without the Christmas lights to warm the atmosphere, and the only daylight we seem to see is that 20 minutes you are able to tear yourself away from your desk. Sound familiar?

 

So it comes as little surprise that the January blues may give you an unwelcome yet unsurprising tap on the shoulder.

Avoiding the January blues is achieved by maintaining momentum – this is usually down to achievable goals, realistic targets, and a healthy helping of self-motivation.

Your goals and targets will be individual to you. However, what we can do is load you up with tips and tricks to help you stay feeling your best and therefore at your most inspired and likely to act on your good intentions.

 

Comfort Eat The Healthy Way

Comfort eating is common throughout the winter months. We spend more time indoors and are generally feeling more of a need for a pick-me-up.

Avoid turning to starchy carbohydrates that have a high glycemic index such as pasta, cakes and biscuits, as these foods will surge your blood sugar, followed quickly by a drop, leaving us feeling tired and lethargic.

Instead, go for complex carbohydrates with a low glycemic index such as basmati rice, wholegrain cereals, rye bread, beans, pulses and fresh fruit and vegetables – they will leave you feeling fuller for longer and full of energy. This is because they are packed with energy boosting B vitamins that release their sugars into your blood stream at a more constant pace throughout the day.

We have a range of healthy comfort meals for you to try – click here.

 

Boost Your Omega-3 Levels

Research has shown that Omega-3 helps to boost low moods and potentially help treat depression. Motivation will be far easier to muster if you are feeling positive and happy.

Omega-3 is found is oily fish, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, soya and dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale.

Simply click here and type in your ingredient into our ‘keywords’ box in the centre of the page to find recipes that include them!

 

Top Up Your Vitamin D

Research has shown that Vitamin D has fantastic mood-boosting benefits. Our bodies make Vitamin D when they are exposed to sunlight, however, during the dark January days, it is doubtful that we are creating enough ourselves.

Vitamin D can be found in plenty of oily fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines. It is also found in many dairy products, eggs, and certain mushrooms.

Not only has Vitamin D been shown to boost mood, it also helps to strengthen your immune system. Not a bad bonus!

 

Maintain Exercise

Putting exercise into practice is probably near the top of most people’s New Years resolution lists. Not only will exercising help to maintain a healthy weight, it will also maintain a healthy mind - exercise releases serotonin into the body, also known as the happy hormone.

 

Treat Yourself To Succeed

By never allowing yourself a treat, you are essentially making your healthy and good intentions laborious and miserable. If we never allowed ourselves a treat, life would be pretty boring. It would also make us more likely to binge on those treats at a moment of weakness if we have refused ourselves a little amount at chosen moments. When you achieve a goal, acknowledge it and reward yourself. By this we don’t mean spend the whole day bingeing on your favourite sweet treat, we simply mean that if you are a chocaholic, then allow yourself a square of dark chocolate. Savour it and look forward to that next achieved goal.

And if you do have a moment of weakness? Don’t beat yourself up, you’re only human. Accept it, move on and get back on track.

 

Making Your Goals Achievable – There is no such thing as a goal too small!

We are all full of momentous goals come the 1st of January, in the full hope that we will achieve them in a matter of weeks. If a goal is unachievable, inevitably it will go unreached, leaving us feeling dejected and low – queue your moment of weakness!

However, if these goals were to be broken down into bite-sized chunks, we are more likely to achieve them. We will also have a feeling of achievement more frequently, which will spur us on to reach for the next one.

 

For more tips and advice on how to make the best start to your 2015 – click here.

With healthy eating and exercise, it's consistency that counts. 

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