However, there are some simple things that help those January blues….
Exercise improves mood through increasing brain serotonin (an important neurotransmitter). You don’t necessarily need to sign up to the gym, or enter a marathon instead just start walking, getting out in the fresh air will help. Put on a few more layers and a good supportive and grippy pair of shoes or walking boots (depending on the terrain) and get outside.
Thirty minutes of brisk walking a day could also help tackle the January bulge. If you want to pick up the pace you can always use Nordic walking poles. They’ll not only support you and make walking easier, but it will allow you to pick up the pace and work that cardiovascular system a little harder. If you want to strengthen your core then why not try a Pilate’s class which is gentle yet effective.
Before you start any new exercise get yourself an MOT on those joints before you start exercising, you can see your local osteopath or physiotherapist to make sure everything is working well. If your feet are sensitive or you have known problems with your feet then before you start walking or any other new exercise activity then check with your local podiatrist, they can advise you on appropriate footwear for any new activity and if you require any specific modifications or styles of footwear.
The use of traditional acupuncture is well known to help with mood swings and enhance that sense of well-being, so January is a good time to have a treatment to pick you up for the start of the season.
Mindfulness meditation is also great for helping beat those January blues. Mindfulness has been prescribed by the NHS as a treatment for depression since 2004, and has benefits for everyone. The practise, which stems from Buddhism, uses meditative techniques to help you focus on the present moment and gain perspective on other anxieties that are bogging you down.
So, don’t let the January blues hit you this year, tackle them head on by being prepared.