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Do you feel rather down and dejected as soon as January rolls around? If so, you are certainly not alone. The good news is that you have the ability to beat the winter blues with a few simple steps.

Recognising the Condition

If you suffer from the January blues, you might be one of the many individuals who experience a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). In fact, it is estimated that more than 29 per cent of British adults report these symptoms. The first step is, therefore, recognising that there is a problem as opposed to attributing such a mood to nothing more than post-holiday stress and stagnation.

Start a Self-Care Programme

Some individuals may experience sluggishness and demotivation following the holiday season. As found in a study by the Mayo Clinic, factors that may influence the appearance of these symptoms include eating copious amounts of unhealthy foods over the holidays and subsequent weight gain. A method suggested by the NHS, is to begin a new exercise routine and to embrace a healthier diet.

The Power of Food

As mentioned in the last paragraph, there is a well-established link between healthy foods and mood. The main question involves which substances can be specifically used to target the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. The Mental Health Foundation has listed the following foods as excellent choices to stave off feelings of negativity:

Put simply, a Mediterranean diet during the month of January can help some beat the January blues due to richness in vitamins and nutrients.

Light and Bright

Many individuals may feel the symptom of being "down in the dumps" due to a lack of sunlight. There is actually some truth to this observation. Research at WebMD finds that the body produces more of the hormone known as melatonin during the darker months of the year; causing feelings of sluggishness and even apathy. So, it is important to get plenty of sunlight when possible. Open blinds within the home, take an afternoon lunch in the park and trim any branches that may be blocking windows.

The Undeniable Power of Holiday Retreats

While all of the suggestions mentioned above will produce varying results amongst different people, some feel that the most effective way to shake off the winter doldrums is to enjoy a holiday retreat. Not only will a host of different environments be offered but it is possible to select the type of retreat in relation to specific activities and wellbeing goals.

Some experiential retreat types for a change of scenery without going too far:

Some of the retreats are organised in a form of a 3-4 day short break, often over the weekends. They are perfect for those who are unable to spend a lengthy hiatus away from their work or family. Please take a further look at what Balance Holidays has to offer.

Superseding the January blues is much easier than many believe. Adopting the suggestions above will quickly melt away such feelings and in return, a happy balance can be achieved.