Blue Monday is upon us, it is officially the most depressing day of the year. It’s not hard to figure out why – the bank balance is suffering thanks to all those generous Christmas gifts, resolutions made on December 31st are probably broken, and of course, it’s cold, dark, and dreary outside.
Those who suffer with SAD (Seasonal Affective disorder) will know this feeling all too well and it doesn't help that this time of year is also associated with making drastic changes to our health, fitness, and general well-being.
Here at SK, we want to make you feel better, and excited to get going with the new year. we have a few recommendations for dealing with Blue Monday, starting with our versatile Light Therapy Booth.
SK’s Light Therapy Booth emits 4 types of light, UVA, UVA, Blue Light Therapy, and most importantly; Red Light Therapy. The Booth is beneficial in providing the body with enough visible light to decrease feelings of lethargy and fatigue by lowering the level of melatonin in the body.
As a result, Red Light Therapy can help treat Seasonal Affective Disorder, as it is thought to affect brain chemicals linked to mood and sleep, easing SAD symptoms. Light therapy probably won't cure SAD, depression, or other conditions. But it can certainly ease symptoms, increase your energy levels, and help you feel better about yourself and life. And it doesn’t take long, Light Therapy can start to improve symptoms within just a few days. Pop into SK or give us a call to find out more about our Light Therapy Booth.
Finding ways to relax and recharge each night is key to feeling more positive. Try to achieve between 7 and 9 hours sleep each night, and wake up earlier to take advantage of natural light. Getting the right amount of sleep is beneficial to both physical and mental health and helps improve mood and reduce anxiety.
Maintain a balanced diet
Diet can have a bigger impact on your mood and energy levels than what you may realise. Eating a well-balanced diet full of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and calcium-rich foods, while reducing your intake of foods high in fats, and sugars, can dramatically help improve how you feel.
Find time for fitness
Exercise has also been linked to improved mood, and relieves feelings of stress and anxiety, which are both symptoms of SAD. Exercise isn’t just for burning calories—regular physical activity plays an important role in cognitive function, which can help support a positive outlook on life. The NHS recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or brisk walking every week, and strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles.