Monday 17 January was the most miserable day of the year according to academics. The weather was dreary, Christmas seemed like a distant memory and pay-day still a long way off. But fear not; follow our simple but effective guide to beat the blues...More
Mental note for future Monday’s - ward off the usual end of weekend anxieties with a soak in Origins Calm to Your Senses Oil for bath and body, £21 (origins.co.uk). It contains lavender and vanilla which work as a natural sedative. Then take Dr Frank Lipman’s advice, author of Spent: End Exhaustion & Feel Great Again (Hay House UK) who recommends an electronic shut down at 10pm, this means no computers, no phones or TV’s as they are too stimulating. Cover any little lights that may be glaring from your TV or alarm (I’ve been using Blu-Tack), even the smallest amount of light is enough to unsettle your sleep pattern and prevent a deep slumber.
Chances are the alarm on your phone is what woke you this morning. An alarm is a traumatic way to start the day, it prevents the sleep cycle from completing naturally. A dawn simulation device is a far less stressful option. Our body clock responds to the light by producing the hormones cortisol, adrenalin and seratonin (they help to energise us in the morning). Lumie Bodyclock Elite 300, £149.95 (lumie.com), gradually increasing light’s intensity to wake you gently and allow your sleep cycle to complete naturally.