The New Year is a very good time to take stock of ourselves – particularly those of us who suffer from seasonal depression and who struggle with the winter months. There are lots of ways that we can help ourselves through the weeks ahead. Here’s a few suggestions you might like to try.

You are what you eat.  Snacking on raw veg, fruits, nuts, seeds and raisins will keep a sugar fix at bay.  Eat avocado’s, leafy veg, salads, nuts, grains, Vitamin D, Iron supplements. Stock up with  healthy snacks and keep close by so you won’t be  tempted to eat sugary junk foods when you need a boost of energy.

Make a shopping list and get stocked up with the right meal ingredients, prepare your lunch food box for the following day before you go to bed. If you’ve prepared well, you’re more likely to eat well.

Breathe deeply when you’re tired or stressed. A few deep conscious breaths help to release tensions and calm the mind. Breathe in for the count of 4, exhale for 6.

Drink plenty of water – 6-8 glasses a day. Our bodies are made of over 80% water therefore replenishing is essential for good health.

Reduce your consumption of caffeine, alcohol and sugary foods and drink. Try drinking herbal teas instead or hot water and lemon.

Smile and relax and make a mental list of 6 things you have to be  grateful for about your life as it is right now. Treat yourself as you would your best friend,  with compassion, kindness and encouragement.

An unexpected act of kindness to a stranger can be uplifting for both you and them – so do something for someone else.

Exercise at least 2-3 times per week. Research has proven that maintaining a regular exercise routine helps beat depression, anxiety and low self esteem, increases life expectancy and combats health conditions and disease.

Make sure you get  out of the office and away from the computer at lunchtime. We need all the sunlight and fresh air we can get during shorter winter days. A brisk walk for 20 minutes will  increase your heart and metabolic rate; increased oxygen will stimulate your brain cells, keep your energy up during the afternoon.

Dry skin brushing – purchased at chemist or health shop. Start the day by using the brush against dry skin, with long sweeping motions. This increases circulation of blood, oxygen and lymph around the body which in turn aides release of stagnant energy, toxins and waste from the body. It feels great and acts as a fabulous morning wake up for the entire system.

Keep a journal, take up a hobby, spend time with people who encourage you.

Book a holiday! We have three fabulous yoga retreats in the sunshine lined up for 2017 in Kerala in India, Mykonos in Greece & Kaba, in Turkey and you don’t have to be an experienced yogi to join us on any of them. for details.

Get plenty of rest and sleep.

Take up yoga and and practice at least three times per week.

Whatever you do enjoy it and have fun!