But don’t despair. We have 5 simple suggestions to help counter the dreaded January blues:
When you exercise your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with receptors in your brain and trigger a happy feeling. Don’t feel you have to run a marathon; a brisk walk or a friendly kick about will trigger endorphins and almost instantly lift your mood.
Have you ever had that feeling of being stuck in your own head? If so you need to go and hang out with friends and family. Go out and find someone to laugh with!
Get as much natural light as possible
There is still some time before we can start talking about the “fine stretch in the evenings” so make sure to get as much natural light as you can. Sunlight cues special areas in the retina which trigger the release of serotonin. This is a hormone associated with boosting mood and helps a person feel calm and focused. If possible have lunch in a place where natural light shines or at least go for a 10 minute walk while it’s bright.
Plan something nice
Make a plan that you can get excited about. Whether it’s a holiday, achieving a personal milestone or just meeting up with friends for a night out, making time for the things that you enjoy is a great motivator.
There may be sceptics out there but as little as 10 minutes of mindfulness a day can help maintain working memory and actually increase ability!