Christmas is now becoming a distant memory, and you may be left feeling miserable and uninspired. Between seasonal overindulgence and the end of the holidays, there are a few reasons why you can end up feeling a little deflated.
Luckily, there are many ways to combat the post-Christmas blues. Here are 6 of the best ideas that should have you feeling great in no time.
1. Laugh more!
Few things are more effective at banishing the blues than a good dose of laughter. In fact, studies have proven that laughter can significantly reduce the release of the stress hormone cortisol and even strengthen the immune system. So, you have a great excuse to meet up with friends and watch your favorite comedy movies.
2. Conquer a fear
A new year brings exciting possibilities to try something you never thought possible. Choose an experience that pushes you out of your comfort zone, whether you want to make new friends or learn a new hobby. Overcome your fear of the unknown. Once you’ve successfully met the challenge, you’ll feel great and become more confident in the process.
3. Seek out the sun
Why not escape the winter chill and seek out a sun-kissed paradise for an unforgettable last-minute holiday?The Canary Islands are a great choice, with plenty of late deals offering value for money. Travel to Tenerife and you can soak up the sun whilst enjoying some of the many adventurous activities.
Hike to the summit of the snow-capped volcano Mount Teide, marvel at dolphins on a guided boat tour, and sample the mouthwatering tapas dishes at a beachside bar. There are few things more inspiring than an island getaway.
4. Get active
‘New year, new me’ may sound like a cliché, but a little exercise can go a long way. You’ll remove any possible festive weight gain while releasing mood-enhancing endorphins. Even 15 to 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per day can make an impact. Take a brisk walk, head to your local swimming baths or dust off the gym gear – you’ll feel much better for it!
5. Eat healthy
It was fun whilst it lasted, but all those sweet treats and carbs need to be replaced with some nutritional goodness. Although junk food may seem like a good remedy for a dose of melancholy, it’s only a short term and unhealthy fix.
Instead, opt for foods high in B vitamins, which should encourage a happier state of mind. Wholegrains are a good start, as well as nuts and oily fish and which both contain Omega-3 fatty acids.
6. Manage your money
Many of us can overspend during the festive period, but if you have been a bit free with your money, don’t make the mistake of burying your head in the sand. It’s now time to assess the situation and implement a financial plan, so you can still enjoy holidays and the odd luxury.
A budget for the next few months may seem drastic, but it can stop you from overspending on anything that isn’t essential. With all expenses accounted for, you can stop worrying and focus on enjoying yourself.
Follow these 6 simple tips, and you’ll have banished any winter blues in no time. Then it’s time to start planning for summer fun!
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