Beat The January Blues

Psychologists have discovered that January is the most depressing month of the year and it’s not too difficult to see why.  The holidays are over, resolutions are (possibly) history, and the weather is chilly and grey. If you find things a little bleak this time of year, we have some easy things you can do to turn that frown upside down.

Eat Your Way To Happiness: Yes, you read correctly. Look to blueberries and almonds for a pick-me-up any time of day. The natural sugars in blueberries give a quick energy boost while the richness of zinc and B12 in almonds makes them a healthy mood enhancer. I see lots of blueberry pancakes sprinkled with toasted almonds in your future.

Work It Out: It’s no secret that exercising releases endorphins that make people happy (quick: name that Reese Witherspoon movie). However, for those who aren’t super athletes, heading to the gym may seem intimidating. Fortunately those endorphins are not restricted to the weigh room. Take a walk around the block or pop in a simple yoga DVD for the same mood changing benefits.

Herbal Supplements: St. John’s Wort, a plant-derived herbal remedy, has been proven to help treat mild to moderate cases of depression and promote a positive mood, making it a welcomed addition to your vitamin cabinet this time of year.  Do your homework though: Talk with your doctor about whether St. John’s Wort would be right for you and your body.

Do the doctors have it right? Do you find January to be a rather depressing month? What types of things do you try to life your spirits?


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  1. Hoo Sze Ling,

    Well, I’m still in denial that 2012 is here and it’s depressing to note how time is just whizzing past me!

    Maybe some blueberry pancakes could help soothe my wounds … looks so yummy!

  2. gallantandjones,

    I take vitamin D, B complex and 3,6,9 amino acid supplement’s during the Winter months to boost my system. I also find a good walk in the blustery rain and wind helps get me out of moody funks :) Gwyn