Greener BeeGreen TipsHere’s seven top tips to get you through the gloom after the festive season

Feeling a little flat after Christmas and New Year ? Welcome to the January doldrums.

Also looming a week ­tomorrow is blue Monday – the third Monday this month – said by medics to be the most ­depressing day of the year. Here are our tips to get you through the gloom.

1 Change your light bulbs

Different colour lighting in your home can help you unwind after a stressful day or feel more alert in the morning,

Research has shown the blue undertones of cold white light stimulate the brain more than other shades.

Different colour lighting in your home can help you unwind
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Pure yellow is the brightest colour of the visible spectrum and is often associated with ­optimism and happiness.

A muted pale green can make you feel well-rested. A brighter green can indicate growth and hope. Green also gives a sense of safety, reducing anxiety.

2 Get undisturbed sleep

Many people feel extra sluggish in the dark cold mornings. Getting enough ­undisturbed sleep is ­vital for fighting off ­winter tiredness.

Sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley has a number of tips. First have a bedroom set up for sleep. The best conditions are dark, quiet, cool and calm. No TV, tablets or phones before bed.

Secondly have a relaxed body. Try to get some exercise in the day so your body is physically tired and ready to rest. Thirdly a quiet mind is important.

Getting enough undisturbed sleep is vital for fighting off winter tiredness
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You need to be able to switch your mind off. If you are replaying your everyday stresses in your head, try to build 20 to 30 ­minutes of relaxation into your nightly routine before bed.

This might be reading a book, listening to soothing music, drinking camomile tea, colouring in, yoga or meditation.

3 Have realistic resolutions

If you aim to learn three ­languages, write a book and run a ­marathon, the next 12 months will seem ­especially daunting.

Break your ­resolutions down into manageable chunks, so you’re less likely to abandon them and feel like a failure.

4 Eat properly

It is not a good idea to make up for overindulging at Christmas by giving breakfast a miss.

Skipping meals affects your mood and concentration levels.

Don’t make up for overindulging at Christmas by giving breakfast a miss
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It also risks sending your body into starvation mode, which slows the metabolism and makes it HARDER to lose weight – the opposite of what you want. Cut out junk food, increase fruit and veg intake and eat regular meals.

5 Get enough omega-3

Omega-3 is good for the heart and mind. Having low levels is believed to contribute to ­depression.

Getting more of it into your diet can help improve concentration, memory, ­attention and behaviour.

Omega-3s improve levels of serotonin, the hormone that relieves low moods
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Omega-3s improve levels of serotonin, the hormone that ­relieves low moods. Good ­sources are oily fish, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, soya, spinach and kale.

6 Have a laugh

Laughter perks you up and even helps burn calories
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Laughter is the quickest, cheapest way to perk up your mood – even if it’s forced. It also burns 50 calories in 15 minutes.

7 Pamper yourself

Lifecoach Jennifer Boon, of BoonCoaching.com, says: “When having a challenging time, treat yourself.

Have your favourite meal and a bubble bath or do whatever pampering means to you. Remember that a bad day is just that – one bad day mixed in around many normal days.”

Article source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/heres-seven-top-tips-you-11807090


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