How to beat the January blues

During the Christmas period you feel like you are on a high and it all comes crashing back down to earth when you have to return to work. January always feels like the longest month of the year, we are only half way through and it seems to be never-ending. The best way to beat the January blues and keep that positive attitude through to spring is to enhance your mood through different lifestyle changes.

Go to the gym
You may want to curl up on the sofa after a long day at work, but it won’t help get rid of those January blues. Exercise is the best way to improve your mood as it releases happy hormones (serotonin) in your brain and will make you feel more energised after your workout. You don’t necessarily need to be in the gym every day twice a day, but a couple times a week will soon get you feeling much happier.

If you are looking for discounted gym memberships, My Gym Discounts have got you covered! It is a voucher based or discount code scheme which offers employees the opportunity to benefit from discounted gym memberships at hundreds of gyms, leisure centres, health clubs and class studios across the UK and Ireland. The memberships are set up and paid for in club or online directly by the employee. Discounts are available on a variety of contracts, meaning employees don’t necessarily need to commit to a 12-month agreement!

Buy the right foods
Christmas is a time of self-indulgence, so when January hits people go cold turkey and diet mad. However, skipping breakfast or barely eating will not help you loose weight or help your mood. When you deprive your body of nutrition, it will go into starvation mode and slow down your metabolism causing it to make losing weight more difficult. Increasing your fruit and vegetable intake, along with eating regular meals will ensure you don’t go through the month hungry and unhappy. Try consuming foods rich in Omega 3 and Vitamin D such as salmon, sardines, mackerel, nuts and seeds.

Book a holiday
Instead of feeling down in the dumps, why not give yourself something to look forward to? Booking a holiday will boost your mood and make you happy, whilst giving you something to count down to on your calendar. A global study by revealed that 70% of those questions found lasting happiness results from travelling rather than material items. The research also found that 50% of people thought holidays were more vital to their happiness than landing a dream job.

If you are looking to save money on getting away, My Active Discounts offers a variety of discounts on travel companies with a type of holiday to suit everyone. You can save 12% off of Super Break Mini-Holidays with destinations including Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Spain and many more!

Soak up daylight
It can become quite hard to drag yourself out of bed in the winter as it seems constantly dark and there isn’t much daylight. Lack of daylight can make you feel down and play on your emotions. You should take every opportunity to go outside during the day and soak up the little bit of vitamin D there is.

Adjust your sleep
Christmas can wreak havoc on your sleep with the constant parties, late nights and drinking sessions. This will throw your sleeping pattern out of synch and consequentially will darken your mood. Sleep experts advise you get at least eight hours of sleep per night, so try to stick to a sleeping pattern and go to bed the same time every day.

If you are looking to lead a more active lifestyle and want to improve your health, purchasing a fitness tracker will help you take the right steps towards a healthier life. Garmin fitness trackers monitor your sleep and movements, producing results total hours of sleep, sleep levels and movement. You can then view the sleep statistics through your Garmin Connect account. You can save up to 30% off fitness trackers with My Active Discounts!