No matter how positive or happy you are, we are all susceptible to feeling a little blue at times. January is quite a common time to feel a little down in the dumps, which is why it’s known as the ‘January Blues’. The dark, cold nights, the aftermath of Christmas and trying to stick to unrealistic New Year’s Resolutions can leave you feeling stressed, tired and a little bit sad. But don’t worry! We are on hand to help you to avoid the January Blues and make sure your 2018 starts on a good note.
After an indulgent holiday season, you can be left feeling sluggish, bloated and a few pounds heavier. Not only will exercise help you to shift those extra pounds, but it will also boost your mood to leave you feeling happy and energized as you start your year.
Exercise is one of the easiest ways to improve your mental health and can have a dramatic effect on your mood. Exercizing makes your brain release feel-good endorphins, such as norepinephrine, which helps to control the brain’s response to stress.
However, daily trips to the gym aren’t going to help you feel good if you absolutely hate pounding the treadmill. Instead, try finding a form of exercise that you actually enjoy doing, such as walking outside, cycling or horse riding and you’ll reap all of the benefits.