Blue Monday is said to be the darkest, most depressing day of the year. For almost the last 20 years, this term has been used to describe the third Monday of the year where the days are cold and dark, the festive season of indulging has just finished and many have already given up on their New Year’s resolutions.
With this day being so gloomy, what can you do to be happy? Well, here are our top 5 tips for staying positive on this Blue Monday:
1. Exercise. Exercise is a great way to boost your mood! Through exercise, not only do you get the blood pumping, but your brain releases endorphins, leaving you feeling happier and more energised. Don’t worry if you’re not up for anything too extensive, just going for a short walk and taking in some fresh air will leave you feeling more positive. If it’s cold and wet outside, or you’re not as mobile as you used to be, there’s no need to let that stop you, there are plenty of options for light exercise from the comfort of your own home, click here to view our previous blog post where our Penarth Branch Manager Lynne, selected the indoor pedal exerciser as the product of the month.
2. Reach out to a friend or family member. With many people suffering with their mental health, the thought of marking a specific day as the ‘most depressing day of the year ‘ can make things worse. Reaching out to a friend or family member for even a quick catch up can help make you and them feel happier and fend off those feelings of loneliness and isolation.
3. Find a hobby. Taking up a new hobby (or revisiting an old one!) is a great way to keep yourself entertained. Whether you’re taking on a new puzzle, doing a bit of knitting or simply curling up with a good book, there are so many options out there! Our hands free magnifier is the perfect aid for all sorts of hobbies, you can pick one up here.
4. Re-assess your New Year’s Resolutions. Do you know the history behind ‘Blue Monday’? It was found that most people had given up their New Year’s resolutions by only the third week in January. If this is you and Blue Monday has you feeling gloomy about not reaching your goals, why not try re-assessing your New Year’s resolutions? If your goals are too overwhelming try breaking them down into small, manageable chunks. If you’ve lost the motivation to stick to your resolution, remind yourself of why you set them in the first place and reignite your passion, or you could even create a new one which leaves you feeling more positive!
5. Carry out a random act of kindness. Being kind to others feels good. It can give you a warm feeling and helps you feel like you’ve made someone’s day better. When we see others happier, it can make us feel better too. It doesn’t have to be a big grand gesture or involve buying someone something expensive. Something as simple as giving someone a compliment, holding the door open for them, or sending someone a card, just to let them know you’re thinking of them, can make a big difference.
There you have it, our top 5 ways to stay happy and positive on this Blue Monday. Whatever you’re doing to keep happy, we hope you have a great day.
If you are struggling and need someone to talk to, you can contact the Samaritans by ringing 116 123. It is a freephone number and they will give you all the time that you need, day or night. You can find other ways to contact them by clicking here.