How to combat that Blue Monday feeling

Posted 20/01/2020 by E.ON

Christmas is long over. It's five days until the weekend. It’s cold. It’s dark. Oh, and if you're doing Dry January, it's been 20 days since your last glass of wine, and there's 12 more until you can have your next one.

No wonder then, that the third Monday in January has been dubbed the most miserable day of the year. But there's no need to be fatalistic about it. Instead, treat Blue Monday as a great excuse to practice building resilience and preparing yourself to face the challenges of the coming year.

Get moving

It's a well-known truth that exercise acts as a reliable pick-me-up. Just 15 minutes of fast paced activity several times a week can be enough to stimulate additional production of mood-boosting neurotransmitters like endorphins and serotonin, or cognition-enhancing neurotrophic factor. And that's aside from the longer-term wellness benefits of feeling fitter, stronger and healthier.

Get outside

For additional benefits, do your exercise outside. A host of studies have shown the positive effects of spending time in nature for reducing everything from blood pressure, stress hormones, and fatigue to risk of premature death. It's so effective that doctors in the Shetland Islands have even been prescribing time in the wilderness to their patients.

Get a good night's sleep, and an early start

Regularly rising early not only maximizes your daylight exposure, but also prepares you for an early bedtime. Research has shown that the first part of the night is much more conducive to the production of deep, restorative, non-REM sleep. In addition, regular sleep patterns help control production of the stress hormone cortisol, helping fight against the unhealthy food cravings brought on by winter blues.

Get connected

The New Year is a great excuse to get in touch with old contacts, and to begin rebuilding connections that may have faded over the years. Reminiscing over coffee with an old friend is a wonderful way to remember everything you have to feel grateful for and has the benefit of brightening someone else's day as well.

Get away

While January may be unavoidably dark and gloomy, the best way to get through hard winter days is to look forward to happier times ahead. This is a great opportunity to treat yourself with an escape to warmer climes where you can soak up the sunlight, boosting both your Vitamin D levels and your mood.

Until the end of January, we are offering a holiday worth up to £5,000. There are other great prizes as well. Find out more about how to warm up your winter and enter our prize draw here.

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