Blowing them blues away!
By Laura Moxley
JANUARY doesn’t start in January. It actually starts in February. How can January possibly start in January when you still have half of Christmas laying around?
It is absolutely impossible to initiate the ‘new year, new me’ rule when you’re still surrounded by candy canes, and trays of dates. An additional three mince puddings balanced carefully on each other in the ‘food cupboard’ accompanied by tubes of pringles in every…single…flavour. Then there is the chocolate; tubs, boxes and slabs of the sweet, milky, nauseatingly delicious brown stuff that still decorates the kitchen table top. Let’s avoid talking about the fridge!
As if dealing with the immeasurable amount of food you have left oozing out of every cupboard in the kitchen isn’t a big enough job in hand, we then have to deal with the return to work. The unpredictability of the ‘beautiful’ British weather; mother nature forever changing her mood. (She is rather relatable really, given the January circumstances.) From sub-zero freezing conditions to the views of bruised clouds and harsh down pours of the wet stuff. We drag ourselves out of bed in the morning, to the sight of darkness and go about our day just managing to make it through to home time!
You’re not alone if waking up every morning and struggling to strike one foot in front of the other is harder work then it should be. When the middle of February hits, its time to bin those last few chocolates and officially start the new year!
Try these tips to help get you motivated.
Let the light in.
Every morning once you’ve unravelled yourself from the duvet, ensure you push back the curtains. The initial sight of light can be straining on the eyes but it does wonders for the soul. It also helps to
Constantly lift your mood. No matter the weather throwing back the curtains is a way of excepting the start of a new day. Embrace it!
Prioritize and organise your daily load. By this; ensure you have acquired enough time to devour three healthy meals. Time to read a book, or flick through the newspaper. Relish in a little you time. Fitting in self-care around work and relationships is key. Prioritizing yourself will help you to feel more balanced.
Wondering aimlessly around the supermarket can quite often lead you to buying all the wrong things, the bad things. Before you know it you’ve grabbed lots of ‘easy eat’ snacks and convenient food.
List – Create a weekly shopping list. This will help you to purchase only what you write on your shopping list and prevent you from veering off down the biscuit aisle. Be sure to add mixed berries; nuts, seeds and oily fish to your list. All of which are great low mood boosters.
Add exercise into your weekly routine. Start with three times per week. Taking a brisk walk, attending a yoga or dance class or joining the gym with a friend. Exercising is very good for our health. Not only can it help prevent health problems from occurring, it helps you to slim down and shape up. Boosts self-esteem and helps you too sleep better at night.
Taking time to relax helps to slow your heart rate and gives you time to clear your mind. Feeling relaxed allows you to review current situations and boosts confidence to handle problems you may have to face. Studies suggest that meditation can benefit those who