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
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.
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?