5 BANISH THE POST CHRISTMAS BLUES
After the intensity and expectations of the build-up to the big day, many of us su er from a post-christmas slump. Instead of heading straight to the sales on the 26th, try doing something for others. Giving feels good. Research shows that if you give time – as opposed to money – you feel better about yourself. Visit older neighbours or relatives, or volunteer for a charity. And keep a gratitude checklist – it may be a bit of a cliché, but counting your blessings is a guaranteed way to keep your mood buoyant. STRESS BUSTER Forget newyear crash diets and expensive gym memberships – instead, try to incorporate giving back into your daily or weekly exercise routines. For instance, you could visit an isolated older person as part of your weekly run, which in turn could make a huge dierence to their life.