The start of any New Year usually comes with the expectation that we will set a whole range of new year resolutions such as giving up chocolate, learning a new language, exercising more, travelling more or eating less, but once Christmas and New Year is over gloom often sets in and the dreaded “January Blues” make an appearance. So how can you stay motivated and beat those January blues? Our top tips will hopefully help: Overhaul Your Diet Over the festive period it can be easy to over indulge in chocolate and cheese (amongst other things), but those sweet treats can make you feel sluggish and under energised, so reach for fresh fruit and veg on your next shop to feel more energised this January. Exercise regularly Being active lifts your mood and helps to reduce stress and anxiety. It also improves your physical health and boosts your energy levels. You don’t need an expensive gym membership to squeeze in a workout, a brisk 3- minute walk will do the trick; It’s a fantastic way to spend time with family or friends too, but change your route regularly to avoid boredom setting in. Get a good night’s sleep Sticking to a regular bed time will help regulate your sleep cycle, which in turn should reduce tiredness and boost your energy levels. Most of us need at least 7 hours of sleep each night so make sure you’re getting enough rest. Challenge yourself Keep your mental health on track by challenging yourself to learn something new; how about taking up blogging? Or perhaps learning a new language? Or finding a new exercise class to try out? Anything new that helps challenge you will help keep the January blues at bay. Turn up the volume Did you know that listening to music can give you a natural high? Listen whilst you exercise or turn up the volume when you’re home alone doing the housework or simply sit back and relax to the sound of your favourite tracks. Ditch the resolutions Don’t put yourself under too much pressure with unrealistic resolutions; if you weren’t out for a walk at 7am this morning it is not the end of the world, go at your own pace. Plan a holiday Planning your next holiday will provide something to look forward to, even if it is just a few days here in the UK. Having things to look forward to later in the year is a great way of ensuring the January blues don’t kick in too much!