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By Nutrition Experts

Sunday, January 13, 2013.

The exciting Christmas period has drawn to a close and many of us are left battling it out with New Year's resolutions to get us through the winter season. However, the return to work, a little extra festive weight and dark mornings all dampen our mood.

What is January Blues?

January Blues is a common term used to denote feelings of depression when Christmas comes to an end and we are faced with another year packed with challenges, hopes and disappointments. While resolutions can help you kick off a new year with optimism, it is often disheartening if you fail. 

So rather than letting the blues overwhelm you this January, why not take steps to keep depression at bay and boost your wellbeing?

What WHO has to say

The World Health Organisation says: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." As such, it is not just flu that can get us down in the wake of Christmas, but a lack of confidence in ourselves or our surroundings.

What does wellbeing really mean?

Wellbeing is about complete contentment in who you are. As the WHO points out, it is not just about physical or mental health, but other aspects of your life that you need to feel happy about. Wellbeing comes from within so it is generally up to you to decide what your attitude to life is.

Taking a positive approach

If you decide to view January as a failure, judging by how well your resolution pans out, then of course you will feel blue. But take a positive spin on the month and you will boost your mind frame. That involves turning negatives into positives and evaluating your approach to bad events or disappointments. Your response to negative experiences has a major impact on your wellbeing so protecting yourself from feelings of low self-esteem is paramount.

How to boost wellbeing in the New Year

One of the best ways to improve wellbeing this January is to reconnect with those around you. Your friends and family love you so there is no reason to feel worried about approaching them with what's on your mind. Be sure you confide in someone you trust and the mere offloading of a burden will help you feel much better. And they might find they have a confidante in you too, which will also work wonders for your self-esteem. 

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