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Dealing With the January Blues: Some Advice

If the wintry weather has you feeling inexplainably down in the dumps, rest assured that it’s not all in your head. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a very real thing, and you’re not alone.

Whether you’re experiencing mild symptoms of this form of depression or it’s impacting your life more than you’d like it to, we offer you some solutions for coping with the dread 'January blues' in this blog post.

Read on…

Physical Activity

We know, we know…we can hear your groans from here. But time and time again, studies have shown that physical activity of any sort is enough to give you a boost of endorphins - feel-good hormones that will make you feel miles better.

You don’t have to go for a five-mile run if that’s not really your thing; light physical activity, such as easy aerobic dancing or even a walk in the park, are more than enough to get your blood pumping and your spirits rising.

Get your Energy Levels Back Up

As much as the weather and the short days make you want to burrow in bed past noon, this will do you no good and simply throw off your sleep schedule. If you’re having trouble getting out of bed or you’re feeling unusually sluggish and unmotivated, try steering clear of caffeine and instead trying something like these Dextro Energy Tablets for a short burst of energy to get done what needs to be done. But these are no long-term solutions to your depleted energy levels.

Go outside and get some fresh air. Really! If you’ve been hunkered inside for days on end, a whiff of outside air will be enough to invigorate your senses. Also be sure you’re staying well hydrated, as dehydration can make your sluggishness worse. Aim for at least eight glasses a day to start.

Natural Alternative Remedies

If you’re feeling like your January blues are more than just blues, we recommend seeing a doctor, who can prescribe medication as necessary. But for at-home solutions perfect for pairing with medication, and for milder symptoms that don’t require medication, we recommend natural alternatives to boost your mood.

Upping your omega-3 fatty acid intake could optimise your brain functions and help your mood, so consider eating more sardines, salmon and anchovies, or adding fish oil capsules to your supplement regimen.

There’s something uplifting about flowers, so A. Vogel bottled it up in their Jan de Vries Mood Essence. The flower essences of cherry plum, sweet chestnut, wild rose, zinnia, willow, gorse, mustard and other plants combine to lift your mood. Simply add a few drops to some water three times a day, and your day may just get a little brighter.

Have any questions related to seasonal depression? Let us know in the comments below or reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter.

Until next time...

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately. The tips listed in this article are meant to be suggestions and should not be substitutes for medical advice.

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