Traditionally it’s the first Monday after New Year is when people feel sad, (some people call today Blue Monday) but this year it seems it’s taking some of us longer to get over the first day back blues …
Christmas and all the festivities that come with it is over..
New Year has been celebrated and the Champagne corks have been tidied along with several trips to the bottle bank!!
This week is when most people on a two week break, have set their alarms to head back to work.. Normality (whatever that is!) resumes.
For many, parents have had to say goodbye to their children at the school gates.
The weather is pretty miserable today, its dark and and summer seems a long way off..…. oh and then to top it all off your friendly postie arrives with some bills!
No more ‘happy” post filling our letter boxes but those hideous brown envelopes telling us we need to pay the bills.
Darn it – everything was happy and smiley and we forgot reality for a while. Yes this week is a week when many of us feel a bit blue!
It suddenly hit my son alright… he think he has “post holidayitis!!” Sign of a great holiday, lots of family time and giggles but we do have to return to reality.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a recognised condition. It’s also known as Winter Depression, winter blues, summer depression, summer blues or seasonal depression.. a mood disorder in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms during the winter or summer…
So no, you are not going mad if you feel a bit blue this week..
Here are my top tips to get you feeling a bit happier again.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s OK to have a good cry or feel a bit rubbish sometimes, it’s how you deal with it that counts.
- Get outside in the fresh air.. I know you might be reading this when there is a howling gale going on outside but wear the right clothes are you will feel better for it. Honest, even if it’s a quick trip around the block!
- Get some Vitamin D in you! We all know that vitamin D is essential for maintenance of teeth and bone health, and it does this by supporting the incorporation of calcium, and reducing the loss of calcium from the teeth and bone structure. But did you know that if your vitamin D levels are low, you can feel blue. A way to boost your vitamin D especially in winter when there is not much sun around is to do so with Vit D tablets.
- Light helps relieve the blue feeling also, although there is not much light around at the moment. Something else you can try is an investment in a Dawn Alarm Clock.. There are lots on the market, with lots of different price tags! However, they have been proved to be very effective and an 85% better response than using bright light therapies. They work by waking you up with a gradual brightening light – helping you feel alert and energised all day. The light cues your body to produce more sortisol, setting a sleep / wake cycle, aiding early mornings and beating those winter blues..
- Scribble a list of all the things that make you smile..
- Stick on a top tune and dance around the kitchen
- Look through a photo album of a fun summer holidays – or even plan one. 😉
- Release those feel-good endorphins!
We certainly have been at Devon Fit Camp this January! Already I have a full inbox from many of my team saying how much better they feel for getting outside and moving!
We have a plan of attack for our nutrition and health, so that those clothes will feel loser, our mood will feel happier as we get back some control over those mince pies and start to forget the Christmas bloat!
Not to mention training together with fun, like minded people.
We’ve got some fantastic events coming up and we’d love you to join us.
TOMORROW night – join me in Ivybridge and find my top tips to get your 2018 off to a flying start – FREE EVENT
I’d love to see you.
Putting some dates in your diary will help get rid of those blues for sure!