Happy January!

Today is often called Blue Monday.

Sad cartoon face

It's because a British Psychologist called Cliff Arnall found that the third Monday in January is when we're most likely to feel blue (out of all the days in the year) in the UK. It falls on 21 January this year.

Aspects such as the weather (cold, grey, damp); the debt we find ourselves in after the holidays (Christmas presents, meals out, sales) and general low motivation (back to work) all contribute to the low feeling on this particular day.

If this is you then there are few things that might help you out.

Weather and dark nights getting you down?

Photo of my Labrador dog

Head out for a walk at lunchtime to get some sunshine and a much needed break during the day.

Even just a few minutes outside is better than nothing!

This gives you time outside when it's a bit lighter. Aim to build an outside walk in on most of your working days plus the weekend to keep topping up your 'sunshine' levels.

If you have a friend with a dog, then invite yourself along for a walk as studies have shown that stroking pets helps us to feel happier and calmer.

(If any my friends are reading this, then you're more than welcome to join us!)

Exercise

You just knew that one was coming didn't you... Studies have also shown that exercise lifts mood. If you're not ready for a full on cardio or HIIT session then start off with a swim in the local pool, or a yoga video. (And yes, a dog walk counts too!)

Meditation