Today is Blue Monday, supposedly the most
depressing day of the year. It's cold, the days are short, we don't
have Christmas to look forward to anymore and we've already given
up on our New Year's resolutions!

Sleep is key to feeling more upbeat at this time of year, when a
lack of energy and low morale can mean many of us find it harder to
get out of bed in the morning.  

But we don't have to be blue. Try these tips from our sleep
expert Dr Nerina to help you
get a better night's sleep and feel more sprightly and refreshed
during the day:

  1. Make the most of the sunshine and increase your
    Vitamin D levels by getting out into nature. Fresh air is a quick
    energiser, try doing something as simple as getting outside and
    breathing deeply for a few minutes.

  2. Keep active - this helps to increase your energy
    levels and will stop you feeling sluggish. Why not mix it up by
    starting a new exercise routine.

  3. Avoid oversleeping - the amount of sleep needed
    will vary from individual to individual. Although you should make
    sure you get enough sleep during the darker evenings, avoid
    oversleeping, is this is actually the source of fatigue.

  4. Eat and drink healthily - although you don't
    often feel like it during the colder months, a balanced diet can
    really help to increase your energy levels, as well strengthening
    your immune system against colds and flu. Look at swapping summer
    salads for hearty soups.

  5. Hydrotherapy - try a 30 second blast of cold
    water at the end of your shower for instant energy and a boost to
    your circulation.

  6. Plan your next summer break - planning a getaway
    will give you something to look forward to it and help lift your
    mood, easing the transition from summer to winter.

Make it your goal to incorporate at least three of Dr Nerina's
tips into your weekly routine and you'll notice a genuine
improvement in your sleeping habits and mood.

Are you struggling today? Do you have any top
tips to make January less blue? Tell us over on our
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