Dr Hilary Jones Gives His Top 5 Tips For Beating The Blue Monday Blues, UK
Go on the run
Exercise has been proven to lift your mood and improve well-being. Sticking to a new regime is much easier if you have a goal. I've signed up to the Bupa Great South Run in October to keep me motivated over the coming months. You can get a tailored training programme here.
Go the extra mile for someone else
Studies show that acts of kindness for someone else make us feel good too! Get your friends to sponsor you for your run and raise funds for charity. I'm running for Alzheimer's Society to support people with dementia and their carers. You can get your charity place here.
Research carried out by mental health charity Mind shows that connecting with nature through activities like walking and gardening can be as effective as prescription drugs in treating mental distress.
Be game for a laugh
Whether it's watching a favourite film or TV show or going out to a comedy night, laughter is an endorphin trigger and helps to reduce stress. Sometimes laughter really is the best medicine.
Bananas contain tryptophan, which the body uses to make the happiness hormone serotonin. They also contain potassium and vitamin B6 levels which can become depleted if you're under stress. Include leafy greens, energy packed seeds, some oily fish and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet, and you'll be feeding you mind as well as your body.
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