5 ways to beat the back-to-work blues

So the holiday’s over, you’re back to work and the only thing that remains is a distant memory and the Christmas paunch? Here are a few sure-fire ways to beat the back-to-work blues and get you into a positive frame of mind.

1. Move your body

Exercise is one the best and easiest ways to release endorphins and improve your mood. You don’t need to buy expensive equipment or take up jogging if that’s just not your thing – there are plenty of options to get your blood flowing: yoga; pilates; swimming; rock climbing; rollerblading; Nintendo Wii; squash; dancing… the list goes on. Use your imagination and then just get out there and MOVE.

2. Consume happiness

You can improve your mood and energy levels with what you put into your body. Dehydration is a major cause of grumpiness, so the first thing to do is make sure you drink plenty of water – not carbonated, caffeinated or sweetened, just plain water. Berries, nuts, spicy foods and various other foods are highly beneficial to your health and your mood. Spend some time in a health shop and stock up. While not exactly “consumption”, a good old fashioned Vitamin B shot does wonders for your energy levels which will, in turn, enhance your mood.

3. Be charitable

Helping and giving are two ways you can guarantee an improvement in your mood. Bake cupcakes for an old age home; volunteer for a day at an animal shelter; give something meaningful to a friend; or even phone your granny. Anything you do that puts joy in the heart of someone else will leave you feeling exhilarated and happy.

4. Try something new

Change your route, get a new haircut, redecorate your bedroom, take up a new hobby or explore a hidden talent. Do something that makes you feel different and you will… feel different.

5. Spend time in nature

Studies have proven beyond any doubt that spending time in nature greatly improves one’s mood. Take a stroll through a botanical garden, take a drive out to the country, visit a flower show or forest, or simply buy yourself a massive bunch of beautiful fresh flowers.

It’s inevitable that we all feel a little glum when the festive season is over, but we don’t have to accept it. Make small changes every day and pretty soon you’ll realise you can have that “holiday feeling” all year round.