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Blue Monday – natural ways to boost your morale…

January 8th 2016
By: Melanie

January always feels like a bit of a contradictory month, in one way we start the first part of January in a positive way, with a New Year’s resolution to conquer some part of our lives whether it be abstaining from smoking, getting fit or promising ourselves that we will spend more quality time with our families, however by around the third Monday in January, known as blue Monday, most of us will be feeling down or ill. This is the day when most people have the day off work because of illness.
 
The best way to ensure a healthy mind is to eat healthily and exercise. Many of us in the UK suffer from the illness SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of depression associated with lack of sun. One reason why we can suffer from this disorder is because of a lack of vitamin D which we normally get from the sun’s rays. You can get a natural source of vitamin D from lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts, fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel. If you are feeling tired, then try and cut out drinking alcohol and up your water intake (this is 1.5 litres per day for a woman and 2 litres for a man), perhaps you could even take part in Sober January, if you’ve missed the deadline, it’s not too late, just start a bit later.
 
You might also be feeling tired and depressed due to a lack of magnesium - a natural source of this can come from juicing leafy green vegetables, eating more nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, yogurt, bananas, dried fruit and dark chocolate.
 
If you want to help beat off colds at this time of year then a great way is by introducing more vitamin C into your diet. Juicing your own oranges is a good way to ensure that you get a regular dose of vitamin C, without any added sugar. Red berries are a great source of vitamin C as well as being great anti-oxidants.
 
If you suffer from chapped lips then you could be lacking in Vitamin B12, which can be found in fish, dairy products and meat. If you are lacking in this vitamin it could also have a negative effect on your nervous system and functioning of your brain.
 
If you don’t get time to go to the gym, then just going for a 40 minutes walk each day could help you to feel healthier.
 
Other reasons cited for blue Monday is because many of us find it difficult to get on top of our finances after the Festive Season, if you would like some help tackling these then we suggest you visit the website moneysavingexpert.com – packed full of really helpful ways in which we can save money.