So here it is – Blue Monday. But how can we survive the most dreary day in January?
Blue Monday is the third Monday in January, and is said to be the most depressing day of the year.
It’s cold, it’s dark, and you’ve got the school run to do. Those New Year’s Resolutions that you set just mere weeks ago with so much optimism have fallen by the wayside.
You’re broke and the post-Christmas credit card bills have just arrived. Payday seems like an eternity away. It’s certainly sounds like a recipe for misery.
If this sounds familiar and you are just ready to call in sick for work and hide under the duvet all day, PLEASE DON’T.
I’m here to share a few tips with you to help you kick Blue Monday’s ass!
1. Keep Busy
What’s that saying? The devil makes work for idle hands? Something like that. I really believe the same goes for your mental outlook. If you just sit around thinking about how miserable you are, and how rubbish your life is, then that mindset will be projected on to everything you experience in that day.
Distract yourself. If you keep busy with work, or find something productive to do around the house, it will be a breeze to survive Blue Monday.
End the day with a sense of achievement. That’s a way better feeling than the shame of finishing that whole tub of ice cream after your Netflix binge, right?
2. Seek company
If you are feeling a bit down in the dumps, reach out to a friend or family member! It doesn’t have to be an expensive outing. Invite them round for a cuppa and cake. Organise a play date for your children, their friends and their parents.
3. Start a journal of gratitude
This can really put things into perspective, particularly if you are feeling strapped for cash and it’s bringing you down.
Give thanks that you are able to provide a hot meal for your family, that you have a bed to sleep in and a roof over you. So many in the world do not have those luxuries.
When you appreciate what you already have, you feel more motivated and optimistic. This could then in return bring you more positive experiences going forward (Look out for my Law of Attraction post if this sounds interesting)
4. Get outside.
Nature allows you to release the endorphins that make you feel happier and less stressed.
Take advantage of your local area and go for a coastal walk or a stroll in the woods. Take your dog for a walk, pick up litter, or go for a jog (bonus endorphins included in this step)
5. It’s all in your head.
Apparently, the concept of Blue Monday was invented by travel agents! They wanted to plant a miserable seed in our heads and to offer a solution to that misery – a vacation of course! This would then put a lot of people further into debt and provide more strain on their every day for a very short – term high.
Blue Monday is only as blue as you allow it to become.
Practice some tips in self love, re-establish your goals, and be grateful for what you have.
Plant a seed of positivity instead. Give two fingers to the corporations who tarnish the every day wonders of January, and watch your life flourish!
Make January great again!
Do you have any of your own tips on how to survive Blue Monday? Share them in the comments, I’d love to read them!