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Poll: Top tips to help you beat the blues on most depressing day of the year

PUBLISHED: 15:40 21 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:41 21 January 2013

On the most depressing day of the year Ipswich residents are being urged to wear yellow and green clothing - colours of Norwich City!

On the most depressing day of the year Ipswich residents are being urged to wear yellow and green clothing - colours of Norwich City!

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JUMPING on your sledge, getting your five-a-day and basking in the icy fresh air are the magic ingredients needed to beat the blues.

But Ipswich Town fans may be less keen to obey another of the suggestions supposed to make us all feel cheerier on Blue Monday .. wearing yellow and green, the colours of rivals Norwich City!

“Wear yellow and green, but avoid red and black,” said psychologist Ingrid Collins.

“Green, which is in tune with nature, gives balance, while yellow stimulates happiness and alertness. Bright colours compensate for tiredness.

“However, black can result in fractiousness, and although red raises energy levels, it also provokes irritability.” Some scientists have branded today – the first day of the last full week of January – as the most depressing day of the year as a combination of bad weather, debt and failed New Year resolutions become too much to bear.

But don’t despair, there are ways to make the bleak day seem a little rosier – and the happiest day of the year is just around the corner.

Experts have compiled a list of stress-busting tips to help you smile through today, boost your mood and look forward to the year ahead.

Two weeks after Blue Monday, comes Happy Monday – this year it falls on February 4 – with psychologists pointing to the combination of people getting the first pay packet of the year and booking summer holidays as lifting people’s spirits.

Getting as much natural daylight as possible, going for a stroll and eating healthily can help you feeling upbeat – as can giving up your time to help others, experts told The Star.

Tim Roberts, director of Live Well Suffolk, said exercise and a good dose of fruit and veg could be the key to happiness today.

He said: “Let’s flip this idea of Blue Monday on its head – today can be the day when you build towards a more positive future.

“Smoking is thought to relieve stress, but that is wrong. In fact, the people who quit are a lot more stress-free after a year.

“Eating your five-a-day of fruit and veg and starting to exercise, which releases endorphins, can also help make you feel better.”

Leading behavioural expert Judi James said: “Volunteering is a great way to meet new friends, increase self-confidence and self-esteem and give you a sense of personal achievement.”

Brain injury charity Headway Ipswich and East Suffolk is currently looking for volunteers for their Therapists project.

Chief executive Helen Fairweather said: “The volunteers will help support the qualified therapists working with people with head injuries in one-to-ones as well as support in group settings.”

n How have you banished the winter blues? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk

Women’s rights campaigner Helen Taylor, 46, founded Suffolk’s first feminist society in 2016. Reporter Gemma Mitchell has caught up with her to gain her views on gender inequality and how to tackle it.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is seeking the services of a special volunteer – one who isn’t afraid of the dark.

Hopes of developing through rail services between Ipswich and the south west of England are still being considered – despite fears that a new cross-country rail link may only be for commuter services.

Much of the area of Ipswich, bound by Cauldwell Hall Road, Woodbridge Road and Foxhall Road, is part of the town developed by the Suffolk Freehold Land Society.

Forecasters have warned of strong winds of around 65mph that are expected to sweep into the county this evening, as a wet and windy night is expected to continue into the morning.

Lorries were destroyed in a fire aboard a passenger liner on its way to Harwich International Port this morning.

This Saturday is the last time weekend rail travellers from East Anglia will be able to reach London without having to complete part of the journey by bus until after Easter.

Community leaders will tomorrow decide whether or not to order changes to be made to a property which was not built in line with the approved plans.

Suffolk is in the final five for BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Holiday Destination of the Year 2018 – and needs your vote to scoop the prestigious award.

Do you remember when The Bobby Charlton Soccer School made a trip to Ipswich over 35 years ago to hold a session at Thurleston High School.

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