Christmas is over, it’s dark outside, it’s cold too, and right now the world is filled with enough bad news to last a lifetime. So, if you are feeling a case of the Monday Blues today then know that you’re not alone. Each year more than 10 million Americans suffer from some form of winter depression, a subject the good people at Vogue have a fantastic write up about here. In fact, feeling a little down at this time of the year is so common that the third Monday of January has been unofficially recognized as “Blue Monday.”
Dubbed the “most depressing day of the year” in 2021 this somber landmark feels even bluer thanks to the stress and anxiety brought on by COVID-19.
Just because it’s the moodiest Monday of the year doesn’t mean you have to feel down. To help you beat the blues we’ve put together five tips to help you boost your mental wellbeing today or any other day of the year.
It may sound obvious, but one of the reasons why we tend to feel bluer at this time of the year is the weather. The shorter days and lack of sunlight can play havoc with our bodies’ internal clocks, which cause us to feel out of sync.
That means it’s never been more important to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. Even if it’s just for a few minutes each day, getting outdoors can have a real impact on our overall wellbeing.
Of course, it sounds great in theory, but we know it can be hard to get outside during the dark and dreary months of winter. So if you’re unable to get enough natural sunlight then consider the growing range of smart lights that have been specifically designed to help boost your mood at this time of year.
You already know that exercise is good for your body, but what you may not know is that physical activity is actually good for your brain too. Indeed working out every day can help boost your mood, improve your sleep, and even help you deal with things like depression, stress, and anxiety too.
It doesn’t matter if you dig out your running shoes, dust off your punching bag, or take your bike out for a spin – any kind of exercise is good for your mood. So what’s stopping you?
As the old saying goes: “You are what you eat,” something that’s just as true for your mental wellbeing as your physical wellbeing. Recent studies have shown that your metabolism can play a key role in feelings of depression, which means that what you eat could be playing a key role in how you feel.
It’s not rocket science, but avoiding overly processed snacks and greasy takeouts can be key to boosting your mental wellbeing. So why not ditch the burgers and instead opt for a Mediterranean-style diet filled with fresh fruit, veggies, whole grain, and low-fat protein to help fuel your brain and improve your mood?
Get some sleep
Life is busy and these days it can be hard to find enough waking hours in the day. The problem is, however, that burning the candle at both ends can only make us feel worse.
We’re supposed to sleep between seven and nine hours per night, but many of us fall well short of that number. But did you know that failing to get enough shuteye won’t just leave you feeling tired, it can also have an impact on your wellbeing too?
You see a lack of sleep can cause mood swings, irrationality, inability to focus and learn, loss of positivity, and even anxiety. On the flip side, making sure we get enough rest gives our brains a chance to recuperate and recharge, preventing those negative impacts. So one simple hack to help you boost your wellbeing is to go to bed earlier and wake up later. Even something as simple as an extra hour or two in bed can make the world of difference.
More and more people are turning to CBD (cannabidiol) to help boost their mental wellbeing. Derived naturally from hemp plants, CBD works in harmony with your body and there’s some promising research that shows that it could play a role in fighting feelings of stress, depression, and anxiety.
That means that taking a CBD supplement could be a small change that could make a big difference to your mental wellbeing. At LUFF Brands we operate at the intersection of form, function, and design, to produce a range of scientifically formulated CBD products. From gummies and tinctures to topical creams and softgels, our products are made with the highest quality superfoods.
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