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Five ways to beat the January blues

Kick starting the New Year can be difficult, especially with ‘Blue Monday’ on January 21.

Winter snow

Don’t let the dark days get you down - take a look at the top five ways to motivate yourself in January, and stay healthy and happy this winter.

Banish winter tiredness

Banish winter tiredness

It is difficult to stay lively during the dark dull days. But we recommend getting yourself outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible. Go for a walk on your lunch break and enjoy the natural daylight at the same time as getting a bit of exercise.

Keep a nutritious diet

nutritious diet

It is important to ensure that you maintain a good diet throughout the winter, especially after all the indulgent food we’ve eaten over Christmas and the New Year. Winter vegetables can make for a number of warming and comforting dishes, including soup which can be used and saved for different meals through the week.

Drink more milk

drink more milk

You are more likely to get a cold in winter, so consume more milk and dairy products to keep your immune system fighting fit and in tip-top condition. Opt for semi-skimmed, 1% or skimmed milk over full fat milk. You should also consider increasing your intake of protein, and vitamins A and B12 to help shape your immune system.

Try new activities

try new activities

It’s easy to choose to spend your time during the winter months curled up with a blanket and hot drink watching films, but you’ll feel an instant pick me up if you get up and moving. Maybe spend January trying some new activities?

Regular exercise helps control your weight, boost your immune system and is a good way to break tension that can build from being constantly cooped up inside, helping to relieve signs of stress.

Start the day off right

start the day off right

Kick-start your day by having a wholesome and hearty breakfast on a morning. A warm bowl of porridge isn’t just a delicious way to start your day, it also helps to boost your intake of starchy foods and fibre, and releases energy gradually throughout the morning, keeping you full until lunchtime.

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