CELEB SECRETS TO BOOSTING YOUR MOOD
Many of us feel low at this time of year. These celebs have opened up about discovering their sadness was something more serious – and reveal how they dealt with it NATASHA:
fter all the fun of A the festive season, life has returned to normal. But with post-christmas debts, dreary cold days and going back to work, it’s no wonder that “January blues” has become a universally accepted term, with many people finding themselves feeling low at the start of the year.
While it’s natural to feel a little gloomier, psychotherapist and counsellor Noel Mcdermott says that it’s important to distinguish the “January blues” from signs of something more serious. He says, “The January blues is a form of reactive depression linked to loss – in so down at what should be a happy time. It’s vital to speak to a partner, a friend, your GP or a midwife. For any kind of depression, there are so many sympathetic ears and different routes to getting well. As soon as you share how you’re feeling, you’ll be on the road to recovery.” this case, the end of the festive season. It can also be linked to Seasonal Affective Disorder, which comes from the lack of sunlight at this time of year.
“January blues can mean experiencing a general low mood, anxiety, anger, sadness and loss of meaning – but these feelings will be fairly mild and will dissipate over time. If you continue to feel low for longer than two weeks, it may be something more serious. Two weeks is the time used for diagnosis of depression and I’d urge people to share how they feel and look into getting help.”
Here, celebs share how they cope with depression…
a loved one and described as “one of the most difficult things to get over and one of the most painful”.
But the 40-year-old former glamour model – who recently split from boyfriend of a month Wayne Lennox, claiming he did “something unforgivable” – says her six dogs have helped her to overcome heartbreak. She says, “I truly think that they’re the world’s best antidepressant. I really think if you have a dog that you can’t possibly be sad all of the time because of what they bring to your life every single day. My dogs are my family and I do feel like they’re all my kids. Their love is unconditional.”