How to beat the January blues
With Christmas done and dusted, the holidays over and loved ones missed, it’s no wonder so many of us get the blues in January. What’s more, some people suffer from SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder – clinical depression caused by a lack of sunlight. Thankfully, for most of us, the January blues is just a passing feeling. As experts in helping guests feel great, here are our top 5 tips for finding your equilibrium and escaping the blues.
1. Take regular exercise outside
We all know exercising in the fresh air can make us feel good. Scientists say that even just a 15-minute walk in the middle of the day will increase those all-important neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine, which energise the brain and look after your circadian rhythms (your natural body programming which makes you feel alert or sleepy). Even better if you can exercise earlier in the day and absorb natural daylight within two hours of waking up.
Here at The Grove we run regular al-fresco fitness activities for residents, guests and members of Sequoia spa. Bring your pooch or just yourself and join us for a walk, run or cycle. ‘Bad’ weather is especially rewarding and exhilarating!
2. Set realistic goals
Research shows that almost half of us make New Year’s resolutions but only 10% of us keep to them. Not sticking to our goals can make us feel guilty – and yet it’s all entirely self-imposed! The most popular resolutions are: quitting smoking, exercising more, saving money and losing weight. These all involve changing our habits and routines, which are the hardest changes to make.
So take a good look at this year’s resolutions. Drop the ones you just know you’re going to break (if you haven’t already!) and see what’s left. Can you whittle the list down to just one goal? And can you make it more specific? For example, committing to drinking only on certain days of the week you choose is a lot easier than going teetotal. That’s an extreme example, but psychologists say we can achieve more when we set realistic goals.
3. Eat well
You are what you eat, they say. Enjoying a healthy, varied and balanced diet is fundamental to good health… especially after indulging in too many mince pies. Eating better can help you sleep better, control your weight and feel more energetic.
Nutritional experts are on hand at Sequoia to make it easier. They can help with dietary analysis backed up by medical testing, followed by personalised eating plans and tasty, healthy recipes.
4. Treat yourself to touch
We all feel better for being touched. Scientific studies show that reassuring touch releases oxytocin, a neurochemical that makes us feel good. That’s part of the reason why a professional massage is so relaxing (as well as the sheer relief of lying down in the daytime!).
5. Look after yourself long-term
If you’re local, regular doses of Sequoia spa will help you beat the January blues. In fact, membership will help you continue to feel good throughout the rest of the year, with endless ways to relax and work out, indoors and out. Your membership starts with a comprehensive health assessment and personal fitness induction plan – a great way to help you achieve your goals, rejuvenate and re-energise. In other words, we’ll help put a smile back on your face.