How to Beat the February Blues

Winter is now in full force, with snow falling, shorter days, longer nights and spring seeming like it is ages away.  Even the most positive of people can be left feeling down.  Maybe you over indulged over Christmas both with food and financially and now is the time to tighten your belt and be more disciplined, neither of which are particularly fun. Following my tips below will help you to have a much more positive outlook on February and help you to get through to the warmer months.

Develop an Attitude of Gratitude- Everyday think of something that you are grateful for. It can be something large or small.  Doing this each day will help you to focus on the positive things in your life and help you to see that you have a lot to be grateful for. 

Exercise is a natural mood booster.  Whilst it is cold you may not want to exercise outside but it is a great time to look into alternative options.  Why not dust of some of the exercise dvd’s that you have lying around the house. Alternatively, log on to Body Rock Tv which has excellent high intensity interval training workouts uploaded daily; or Cross Fit which has numerous exercise suggestions and videos to watch.  The great thing about both of these websites is that they are free, motivational and can be done in the comfort of your own home.  Aim to do at least 30 minutes of exercise, a minimum of 3 times per week.

Stop Complaining- this is something that most of do numerous times a day without even recognizing that we are doing it.  Be more aware of the complaints that you make throughout the day and try to stop doing it.  Give yourself the goal of having a complaint free day and once you achieve that keep moving the goal post.  Aim for a week and then even a month.  Popular belief is that anything you do for 30 days becomes a habit.  It would be a great achievement to be complaint free for 30 days.

Organize a Gathering with Friends- Whilst its freezing outside it is a great time to have your friends round and have a nice evening in.  Its cheaper and cosier than going out, with the added benefit that you don’t have to consider wasting money on transport or entry fees to Clubs. Do not take this as an opportunity to over indulge in alcohol though.  A few social drinks are fine but bear in mind that alcohol is also a depressant, and rather than improving your mood it can actually make you feel worse. 

Find Time to Relax- Most of us get so caught up with looking after others and day to day commitments that we forget to make time for ourselves.  Make some time each week to pamper yourself and relax. This does not have to mean spending lots of money, it can be something as simple as having a candle lit bubble bath, reading a good book for 40 minutes, laying back and listening to your favourite album. Even though you may think that there are not enough hours in the day for you to do this, you will be more productive at the things that you have to do if you priortize relaxing and making tme for yourself.

Get Sufficient Sleep- This is something that we have all heard before yet only a few of us ensure that we get enough sleep each night. Being sleep deprived can make you more irritable and short tempered, it can also make things seem so much more depressing.  Make an effort to get a minimum of 7 hours sleep per night and you will soon noticed how much more refreshed you feel.

The suggestions that I have given to alleviate the February blues can be applied and practised throughout the year.  Each day, work towards a more positive, relaxed, healthy and productive you.

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