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This winter might be a particularly difficult time for you. So, we got thinking about how we might be able to help and decided to create a list of tips that we think will boost your mood this winter.

If you’re feeling a little low at the moment, this one is for you!

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Try out these mood-boosting tips to beat the post-Christmas blues

1. Make plans

As we enter into a new year, you may start to get a sense of the winter blues if you don’t have any plans to look forward to. So, make some!

We know that it’s going to be tricky to make concrete travel plans or bookings for events because we don’t yet know when life will return to some form of normality, but you can still plan your travel wish list.

Think about what you’d like to do and where you’d like to go this year. Make provisional plans for now. Then, as restrictions are lifted, you’ll be ready to jump online and get those things booked!

Just the act of thinking about your hopes and plans for the year could boost your mood, lift your spirits and give you something to look forward to!

Related reading: Lost your mojo? Four ways to help yourself feel better

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2. Keep in touch with family and friends

If the lockdowns in 2020 taught us anything, it’s how important it is to stay connected with our friends and loved ones. As humans, we all crave connection, and when we are lack interaction with others this can lead to us feeling isolated and lonely.

Staying in touch, despite not being able to meet up in person, is important for our mental health. So do make sure that you are staying connected with others.

Meet up outside if mixing indoors is restricted at the moment, and why not arrange to regularly call a family member or close friend? Allocate a set evening every week that you’ll call, Zoom or FaceTime each other. Dedicate one evening a week, fortnight or once per month to catch up, have a chat and a laugh together!

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3. Laugh more!

Which brings us nicely to the next tip…Laughter helps to boost your mood. So, if you’re feeling low and need a pick me up, laughter could the tonic you need! It boosts feel-good endorphins in the body and makes us feel happier.

Why not spend time reminiscing about good times, dig out the photo albums and look back at old photos, watch your favourite stand-up comedian on TV, watch a funny film or listen to a hilarious podcast. These are all going to get you laughing more!

Related reading: Wise words to help you through lockdown

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4. Move your body

Exercise is also a great way to boost your mood naturally.

Although it might be tempting to munch your way through the last of the Christmas chocolates and stay slumped in front of the TV when the weather is cold outside, instead try to fit some form of exercise into your daily routine. It’ll lift your mood and you’ll feel better for it afterwards.

5. Do something new!

Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is also a great way to boost your mood after Christmas. So, why not revisit your ‘would-love-to-do-someday’ list and start ticking those things off!

Rather than set yourself New Year’s resolutions that you won’t see through beyond the first few weeks of the year, decide on a few things that you’d love to do and make it happen.

You might have decided that this is the year you’ll learn to play an instrument, change jobs, get fit or learn a new language. Perhaps having a boudoir or beauty photoshoot experience is high up on that list too? If so, we look forward to taking your call!

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Five ways to boost your mood this winter

Hopefully these tips for boosting your mood after Christmas have helped and given you some ideas for how you can make yourself feel better.

Which of these mood-boosting tips will you be trying out? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.

Love JE & team,

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