January can feel like the longest month in the calendar. It can take a while to settle into the New Year when the days are short, and it still feels like there are miles to go before payday. Most of us can expect a bit of a mood dip early on in 2019, it’s completely natural. The best way to combat those January blues is to take some time to yourself and indulge in a spot of self-care. Where better to accomplish that than on a Norfolk cottage holiday?
Nature is the Best Medicine
A Norfolk cottage holiday gives you the perfect chance to unwind and reset after the busy festive period. Although many of us will hibernate through the mid-winter months, going through the motions at work during the day before binge watching true-crime documentaries on Netflix throughout the evening, getting out in Nature is the perfect way to boost your mood and beat those January blues.
Research shows that low levels of vitamin D can contribute to depressed moods. In fact, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder that is typically associated with depressive symptoms during the darker days of the year. This actually has a basis in science, as our major source of vitamin D is sunlight. Your body will absorb sunshine even on cloudy days, and just a short walk is enough to give your body a healthy dose of this mood-lifting nutrient.
Exercising Cottage Holidays
Exercise naturally gets the blood pumping and can cause a release of endorphins into the body. These are natural chemicals that can trigger an uplifting feeling and help to boost your self-esteem. This is the scientific basis for the term “runner’s high”. Yet you don’t need to be sprinting across the Norfolk Broads to pick yourself up during January.
Even light exercise has been proven to reduce feelings of stress and to help ward away anxious sensations. Those endorphins also act as something of a natural sedative, so a brisk walk on your cottage holiday will be rewarded with a fantastic night’s sleep.
Hall Farm Cottage Holidays
At Hall Farm Cottages, we want you to have a relaxing stay in a luxury cottage where you can find some peace of body and mind. All our cottages are based on the northern edge of the Norfolk Broads, with miles of stunning woodland and wetland just outside your front door. There’s no need for crunches and press ups on the living room floor, simply pack your walking boots and treat yourself to a January cottage holiday.
If you would like to book in with us, please contact a member of our team. We’re always happy to help!