Beat Blue Monday

You can Beat Blue Monday in January...

Winter darkness a pane say Anglian

Brace yourself for the gloomiest day of 2013 next week.
Monday 21st January, also known as Blue Monday, is alleged to
be the most depressing day of the year thanks to a number of factors including
poor weather conditions, low motivation and time elapsed since Christmas.

In fact, the lack of natural daylight at this time of year
may provide the source of much of this low motivation and is perhaps the real
key to beating the winter blues.

A recent survey by Anglian
Home Improvements
into the impact of reduced daylight over the winter
months found that the vast majority of us feel it has a negative impact on our
wellbeing.

Residents in the North East are worst affected, according
to the study, with a huge 87% saying the reduction in daylight over the winter
months has a negative effect on their mood, while almost one in five North East
respondents claim the impact is significant. At a national level, 79% feel the
shorter days have an influence on their mood, with the least affected region
being Yorkshire and the Humber – proving
it’s not a simple North-South divide issue.

While a lack of motivation during the winter is common,
the study found that the overall impression varies quite dramatically from one
side of the county to the other, from 84% of those in the North East to only
72% in the South West noticing any impact at all.

These are startling statistics – especially as there are
still more than two months to go before we reach British Summer Time.

Melanie McDonald, Head of Marketing and Communications at
Anglian Home Improvements, says, “The survey shows a clear link between natural
daylight, mood and motivation. Many of Anglian’s customers have told us they
feel happier in the winter after installing a conservatory as they can spend
time watching what’s going on in the garden and make the most of the available
daylight, so it’s encouraging to learn that little changes – like making sure
you sit near a window or somewhere with as much natural light as possible – can
make a big difference to how we feel and cope with winter.”

So keep your spirits up on Blue Monday and beyond by
ensuring you get as much natural light exposure as possible, even if you’re
indoors. For those with a well-insulated conservatory that is easily done but
if not, sitting by a window can also make a big difference to your wellbeing
and productivity.

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