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Sad Brits Spend 96 Days of the Year Feeling Gloomy – 10 Ways to Boost Your Mood

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BRITS feeling blue spend 96 days a year in a somber state, a new report has revealed.

A quarter feel their lowest in January, with many feeling melancholy due to bad weather and shorter days.

The survey of 2,000 adults also found that people feel the need for an injection of joy the most during the first month of the year.

Spending time with friends and family is the best way to beat the January blues, followed by listening to music, relaxing and getting outdoors.

However, the average person spends just under an hour a day outdoors in winter – and estimates that they only spend 44 minutes in the direct sun.

While one in five only spends between one and 15 minutes a day under the rays of the winter sun.

It also turns out that the average Brit doesn’t go outside for a bit of winter light almost three days a week.

The study, conducted via OnePoll, also found that 21 percent keep their curtains closed during the day to keep the heat in — despite keeping the sun out.

Still, 52 percent try to make a conscious effort to get outside because they acknowledge it improves their mood, with 56 percent believing direct sunlight is the best way to combat bad moods.

And 32 per cent have considered seeking more sunlight by moving abroad due to the UK weather.

It also found that 14 percent were told they had seasonal affective disorder (SAD), with another 28 percent believing they have the condition.

Following the results, a mood-boosting billboard was unveiled that donates light therapy to banish the January blues.

The 4.4 x 6 meter advertisement, in the form of a giant donut box, emits white light that can help drive away SAD.

Emma Colquhoun, spokesperson for Krispy Kreme, which commissioned the research and created the installation, said: “We’ve just had Blue Monday, which is often cited as the most depressing day of the year, which arguably makes this week one of the toughest .

“And the study shows that we are not far wrong. From the national average of nine mood lows in January, we hope that there will be none today.

“Opening a box of donuts is a way of bringing joy into people’s lives, so we wanted to take that literally.

“This is the only donut box in the world that delivers light therapy that may help banish Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).”

The donut installation provides 10,000 lux of white light, which is the recommended amount to create ambient daylight.

dr Shelley James, Director at Age of Light Innovations said: “Bright light, especially in the morning, can help improve your mood in three naturally effective ways by helping the brain regulate mood hormones, supporting alertness and that to make it easier to fall asleep.

“SAD lamps work because they can supplement natural light to give our brains the brightness it needs to soar and glow.

“Getting outside in natural daylight can replenish your mood-boosting system when the sun isn’t breaking through and give you the chance to get some exercise. Bright light at the right time can even help you sleep better.”

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