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Top tips to fight the January blues | Blue Monday

exante's top tips for Blue Monday

January blues can often creep in around Blue Monday, and this year it might feel tougher than ever. We want to remind you of ways you can beat those January blues, stay motivated, upbeat and positive about the goals you want to reach and what you want to achieve this year.

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exante’s top tips to fight the January Blues:

  1. Reduce stress – Stress can impact our health in many different ways. Not only can it impact our blood sugar levels [1], it can also impact our mood which could induce less healthful behaviours, such as stress eating, or smoking. Click here for more tips on how to avoid stress eating.
  2. Practice meditation – We’re not all designed to be sitting on a mat on the floor with our legs tangled in a knot. Meditation can be anything you find ultimately relaxing: from yoga, to baking – why not try baking with our exante shakes.
  3. Let’s be realistic – When many of us set New Year resolutions we tend to be ambitious, hoping for drastic change and believing we’ll stick to it. The truth is, these goals are less easy to stick to, meaning that we’re likely to feel let down and angry with ourselves when we haven’t achieved them. The best thing to do is to set yourself SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound). SMART goals enable to us to be accountable for our own achievements, see our progress and stay motivated [2].
  4. Stay optimistic – Whether you’ve been reaching your goals, or whether you’ve found yourself slipping off your diet plan, it’s important know how to get back on track and how to stay positive. Focus on what you have achieved, rather than what you haven’t. Keeping a journal can help us recognise and rationalise our unhelpful thinking, allowing us the opportunity to find more positives to focus on.
  5. Stay connected – Lockdown can be a lonely time for us all, whether we live alone or not. Call friends and family members frequently. Often talking about how we’re feeling can help us reframe our mindset and help us work through our concerns [3]. We’ve also got an Official Facebook group where thousands of exante customers support and motivate each other.
  6. Weigh weekly – Remember, our weight fluctuates throughout the day, and throughout the week. Try not to weight yourself too often. Weekly weighing, preferably in the morning, gives us a clearer idea or what’s happening.
  7. Don’t focus too much on the scales – Whilst it may be tempting to measure our achievements by the number on the scales, it may not always be beneficial for our mental health and motivation. Instead, focus more on how you feel [4]. Do you feel healthier? More energetic? Less Stressed?

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For further support:

CALM – (Campaign Against Living Miserably) is a charity supporting mental health via helpline and
webchat.
Website: www.thecalmzone.net
Call: 0800 58 58 58

Mind – is a charity providing information and support on mental health problems.

Website: www.mind.org.uk
Call: 0300 123 3393

Samaritans – 24/7 confidential support for people feeling distress or despair.
Website: www.samaritans.org.uk
Call: 116 123

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1. Mental Health | ADA (diabetes.org)
2. Weight Loss Goals: Setting SMART Goals | LloydsPharmacy
3. Covid-19: Five ways to stay positive through lockdown – BBC News
4. The pros and cons of weighing yourself every day | American Heart Association



Megan Edwards

Megan Edwards

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Megan is a Marketing student at the University of Liverpool. She enjoys travelling, skiing and long walks with her two golden retrievers, Henry and Chester. As a former lifeguard and swimming teacher, Megan loves being in and on the water and has recently started learning to sail and wakeboard. When on dry land, she keeps fit by working out at the gym and is a regular at salsa and yoga classes.


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