AFTER the bright lights and the highs that come with the festive period, January can feel like a gloomy month.

Teresa Owen, director of Public Health at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) has shared her tips for beating the January blues.

Make the most of the daylight

Being outdoors in the sunlight can lift spirits and give people more energy. Exposure to natural light increases the levels of serotonin in the brain, which is associated with improved mood


One of the best ways to improve wellbeing and mood is to get some exercise. A brisk walk with friends can be a great way to get some fresh air and release endorphins.

Eat properly

When feeling down, it is easy to eat poorly and either eat too much or too little. Having a varied, balanced diet can work wonders to improve your mood

Get enough sleep

Poor sleep can have a negative impact on your mental health. Visit Mind on how to improve sleep

Identify worries

Sharing feelings with family, friends or a trusted colleague can often be the first step towards making things better.

Get lost in a good book

Reading for pleasure is a great way to take the mind off how a person is feeling.


Be kind to yourself

Many people set unrealistic New Year resolutions and then feel a sense of deflation and failure when they can’t keep them. Remember to slow down and make some time for yourself.

Be tech smart and switch off

Switching phones and tablets off at least 90 minutes before bed can help the mind relax, feel less anxious and get a good night’s sleep.

Learn something new

Sign up for that course, take on a new responsibility, fix a bike, learn a new recipe or how to play an instrument.

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Take Notice, Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Give to help boost mood