Based in Leeds, but exploring Berlin for the next two months.
Published January 27th 2013
Feeling the slump? Try these tips to perk you up
January is here again, and so begin the famous blues. Luckily, I have some simple solutions to perk you up a bit.
1). Drink herbal teas, such as Green Tea or Jasmine Tea
I ended up being stuck in a rut where I planned my day around the next cup of caffeinated English Breakfast Tea with milk, and this kind of tea can be good in moderation, but eventually, too much of it will stunt your iron absorption. Instead, swap some of the cups of English Breakfast you'd have in a day with herbal teas, maybe start the day with an English Breakfast, Fruit Tea with lunch and ending the day with a Chamomile Tea. My favourite is green tea with lemon.
It helps release endorphins, as well as boosting your self esteem. My Dad got me into running aged fifteen, my stamina was so poor that I could barely run for 5 minutes without wheezing and having to stop. Now, nearly four years later, I can easily run non-stop for as long as an hour or 90 minutes. Start small, and you never know what might happen.
3). Eat Chocolate
Have some VERY dark chocolate. My personal favourite is Lindt Excellence 85% cocoa. Beat chocolate cravings by having a square or two of dark chocolate every day or so, little portions won't do you any harm, and will satisfy you enough to not want to binge at the end of the week.
If you're feeling blue, express it, and tell those you care about. The ones who love you will help you, and it took me a long time to be able to vocalise any feelings of sadness that I had.
5). Do something different
Take 15 minutes a day to do something a little different. Learn a few phrases in another language, sing as you wash the dishes, or learn a few chords on that guitar you bought but are yet to use. This will add a bit of diversity to your day, and give you something to look forward to.
These changes alone will not cure somebody of depression, but they can certainly help boost moods and self-esteem. The best solution to tackle depression is counselling and therapy, and by listening to advice from your doctor or psychologist.