Laugh in the face of Blue Monday and make 2021 the year you win at happiness
January – chapter one of 12 – a fresh start. A chance to make a few changes, accomplish new challenges, set new goals or take time to think about how you can get the most out of your life. But all of that is much easier said than done, so we’ve put together a guide to a happier, healthier you…
Clear the chaos
The start of the year is a great time for a clear out. Old books, clothes, receipts and toys, a weekend spent de-cluttering can work wonders toward making you feel calm and positive. As the old adage goes, a tidy house equals a tidy mind.
Made a list? Check.
Lists are great. You can clear your mind of all the things you need to remember, while knowing there’s no danger of forgetting. But, rather than making one never-ending to-do list, break down the things you need to do into days or even times, so that your tasks feel more manageable.
You’ve been invited to a zoom quiz and for whatever reasons you just can’t face yet another one. Whether you aren’t feeling particularly social or your diary is all booked up (with a different virtual meeting?), learn to just say no. A simple ‘unfortunately, I can’t make it’ should suffice, so ditch the reels of excuses and feelings of guilt that can come with feeling like your letting people down and keep it simple.
Find Extra Minutes
Think about how you spend your time. Maybe you know that you aren’t doing things as efficiently as you could be? Assess your daily routine and where you could claw back a few minutes – whether that’s clocking out of work on time, turning the TV off for an hour or waking up 30 minutes earlier. Become more organised and more efficient and you will soon clock up time that you can spend doing something you really enjoy.
Make a move
If you’re in a negative mindset and feeling lethargic, heading out to exercise is possibly one of the last things you want to do. But exercise releases endorphins, the happy hormone. As little as half an hour of exercise (cycling, a walk around the local park or even dancing in the kitchen) can put you in a better frame of mind.
Snooze the social
Take a look at how long you are spending glued to social media. Studies are suggesting that spending longer than two hours a day on social media could be having an adverse effect on your mood, with links between over-consumption of social media and higher reports of anxiety and depression. Limit the time you spend flicking through news feeds and pick up a book instead.
Ditch the self-doubt
Change your perspective to diminish negative feelings. When you are being hard on yourself, ask yourself if you would be so hard on a friend in a similar situation, or would you be kinder to them? More understanding? If the answer is yes, then lighten up a bit and be kinder to yourself, too.
Sometimes there really is nothing better than sitting down with a hot cup of tea and taking 10 minutes out of a hectic day. And there is a tea blend for everyone, from the classic Miles West Country Original to a fruity Lemon and Mango blend or a fragrant Jasmine Tea.
Get your beauty sleep
Getting your eight hours a night in not only diminishes the bags under your eyes, it makes you feel more positive, too. Not getting enough zzz’s can leave you feeling sluggish and craving sugar. You are more likely to make rash decisions and your attention span will greatly decrease. Unwind with a cup of Lavender, Limeflower and Rose Tea, hit the sheets early and wake up refreshed.
Reduce your news consumption
While you want to be kept up to date with the goings on around the world and the ever changing rules around the pandemic, limit your news consumption to once or twice a day. Constantly hearing about negivtive situations can leave you feeling incresingly stressed and worried. Try not to watch the news before you go to bed if it leaves you feeling anxious as this could impact your sleep too.
Eating healthily can seem time-consuming. Healthier meals often involve lots of prepping and chopping. If you are making meals from scratch, get into the habit make enough to be able to freeze some. Then on a day when you really can’t be bothered to take ages cooking, you have a healthy meal already prepared for you. Why not try this Ochazuke recipe – its healthy, delish and only takes 10 minutes to make.
Eating well means drinking well too. Start your day with a powerful blend of Miles Super Green, Matcha and Turmeric Tea. Packed with antioxidants, this is a dink your body will thank you for. When it comes to the end of the day lots of people like to wind down with a glass of wine. Alcohol piles on the pounds, though, due to its high sugar content. Ditch the alcohol in favour of fruity mocktails, why not try our Berry Berry Mocktail?
If you are feeling bored, it’s time to set yourself a new challenge. This could be a work challenge or a hobby. Doing something purely for your enjoyment has a great effect on your mood. Whether you decide to walk 10,000 steps a day, take up drawing or join a virtual book club. If you really enjoyed something years ago and why not pick it back up again? Whatever it is, enjoy taking time out and focusing on something for yourself.
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