10 kick min­utes the to... jan­uary blues

Mon­day 16 Jan­uary is sup­pos­edly the most de­press­ing day of the year – here’s how to get through it and lift your mood too

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Colour Your­self Happy

Black might be your de­fault out­fit set­ting, but a brightly coloured en­sem­ble in­stantly lifts you. Wear­ing green is said to in­stil calm, while orange is said to en­liven you and bring joy.

Cook up a storm

Step away from the Qual­ity Street, ladies. Sure, you prob­a­bly had your foodie fill over Christ­mas, but get­ting back into the kitchen and cre­at­ing meals from scratch not only has the typ­i­cal health ben­e­fits, but the sense of achieve­ment that comes from cre­at­ing a meal is said to boost your men­tal health, too.

make a feel­good playlist

Whether you’re on the com­mute or spend­ing your week­end at home, a cool playlist will not only make you feel buzzed (in a good way), it’ll also help you time-cap the hours wasted watch­ing Net­flix. Clean­ing, work­ing out or even writ­ing your post-christ­mas thank-you cards – there’s noth­ing good tunes won’t im­prove.

Get some shut-eye

OK, it might sound odd when you’re try­ing your best to be mo­ti­vated, but after a busy few weeks, chances are you’re run­ning low on en­ergy. Use an eye mask or try Dr Stu­art’s Va­le­rian Plus Tea (£2.35, Hol­land & Bar­rett) to help you get your full eight hours. you’ ll feel so much bet­ter for it the next morn­ing.

GYM it

Whether you’re an avid gym bunny or con­sider tak­ing the stairs in­stead of the es­ca­la­tor your main source of ex­er­cise, work­ing out will set you on a hap­pier path. A short burst of ex­er­cise is best. Just 20 min­utes of move­ment a day is said to in­duce well-be­ing over a 12-hour pe­riod. Happy days!

Are you get­ting your eight hours?

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