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:

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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.”

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