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My Weekly: How To Avoid The January Blues

My Weekly shares Smart TMS’s advice on dealing with the January blues – the low mood that can occur after Christmas and in the New Year. 

Severe cases of seasonal depression and lethargy cold be Seasonal Affective Disorder.

My Weekly is a popular and well-established women’s magazine, which includes real life stories and fiction, recipes and diet advice, style and fashion as well as beauty and health features.

Their feature on January Blues was published 9th January 2018, as millions of Brits return to normal activities after the Christmas and New Year break.

The My Weekly feature introduces the issue:

“Up to 20% of us will experience some form of depression or lethargy during the dark winter months.

“The term ‘January blues‘ has become a popular way to refer to feelings of unease or depression experienced in the first few weeks of the New Year.

“Let’s face it, January can be tough. After a few weeks of relative hedonism, some rest time from work and a hectic calendar of festive parties and celebrations, the austerity of January can bring us back to earth with a bump. Suddenly, it’s much less about party nights and much more about watching the pennies, cutting back and working hard. To top it all off, the overindulgence of December has more than likely left you feeling a little rough around the edges and out of shape.

“But there’s no need to grin and bear it. Looking after your mental health in January is just as important as regaining your physical health. So where do you start?”

January Blues Advice

Smart TMS gave My Weekly a few tips for dealing with seasonal low mood.

  1. Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself – plan some fun, relaxation and socialising with friends or colleagues to avoid endless nights in with overly restrictive diet foods
  2. Give Yourself a Break – consider taking some time off for a holiday in the sun, taking advantage of cheaper travel for some valuable vitamin D
  3. Exercise – less than 8% of us stick to the New Year resolutions for diet and exercise as they’re often too ambitious.  Try a new class, or build a regular walk into your routine
  4. Gratitude Diary – spending 5 minutes a day to list the things you feel grateful for helps you focus on what you have and is proven to make you feel happier
  5. Seek Help – don’t ignore symptoms of depression or lethargy.  Talking therapies and antidepressants can help; or consider light box therapy for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

    “…If those don’t work,  there is now a new treatment available – Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) – for depression and SAD.”

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TMS Treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder

rTMS, or Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, is a new form of non-invasive treatment available at Smart TMS.  This treatment uses magnetic pulses to stimulate the specific areas of the brain associated with stress and/or depression. It is a non-medication route which has shown remarkable results.  TMS is clinically proven and has been approved by NICE for treating depression and also has a variety of further potential treatment applications.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder is available at Smart TMS, based in London, Birmingham, Northampton and Ireland.

Smart TMS Clinics

Smart TMS was established in 2015, providing TMS treatment at their original South Kensington/Brompton Cross centre in London. The company opened a second clinic in Birmingham in September 2017 and also has an established base in Northampton.  The first Irish clinic was opened in Dublin in October 2017.  Smart TMS is planning further locations for Manchester and Bristol in 2018.


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