London (PRWEB UK) 6 January 2014
The warm glow of Christmas has faded into the cold, dark light of January and with summer still seeming a long way off, this month can seem a long and daunting period.
For many, January signifies the end of the festive holidays, and the beginning of drastic diets, as they desperately try to repay Christmas debts, and the return to getting up in the cold while it’s still dark outside.
This week, the Mental Health Research UK said that a combination of bad weather, debt, the Christmas detox, and poor motivation, means that the nation’s collective wellbeing is expected to sink to an all-year low on January 20. (http://dailym.ai/192jD1S)
The third Monday of January has also been dubbed “Blue Monday” and in a survey by Anglian Home Improvements, it was revealed that 79 per cent of us feel that limited hours of daylight during this month has a negative effect on our mood. (http://dailym.ai/JO9ZUH)
Ramandeep Sandhu, Pharmacist at ChemistDirect said: “There is a definite increase during January in the number of people contacting us with “the blues”, particularly within the 18 – 45 age category.”
“However, there are some steps sufferers can take. They should eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, and drink water regularly, as this will help restore the body’s natural balance.”
Sandhu also stressed that regular exercise encourages natural endorphins, and getting some fresh air whenever possible encourages both exercise and exposure to natural sunlight.
She added: “Even if it’s just twenty minutes on your lunch break, Vitamin D, known as the sunshine vitamin helps to maintain bone and muscle strength, prevent heart disease and regulate the immune system.”
The pharmacy team at ChemistDirect believes that just as many men as women suffer from the “January Blues”, but stressed that if symptoms of feeling low continue for more than a few weeks, sufferers should seek advice from their GP.