Tomorrow (15 January) is officially Blue Monday aka The Most Depressing Day of the year and it’s easy to see why.
The festive season is a distant memory for most of us, the weather is grey and gloomy (even more so here in the North West of England), our willpower is waning when it comes to those New Years Resolutions and payday feels a long way away. It seems that January sticks around much longer than we’d like it to and by this point, we’re feeling pretty fed up.
So what can we do about it?
Take a Hike (kind of)
It’s easy to give in to temptation and hibernate under the covers but it’s important to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. Even if this is a brisk ten-minute walk around the block, it’ll help to put a spring back in your step.
My boss has just introduced a ‘Walk Out’ scheme in our office throughout January to help us all get fitter whilst improving our wellbeing. Whilst I’m generally an indoor kinda girl, I have to say that taking an additional 20 minutes per day to get out of the office and clear my head is really helping me be more productive during the long working days.
Again, I’m the first to reach for chocolate when I’m feeling down, however, filling my body with rubbish isn’t helping much in the long term. I’ve also made a conscious effort to cut down on coffee (nobody likes those post-caffeine jitters).
I’ve been deliberately making better food choices lately and, even though I’m still on a soft food diet due to medical issues, I’ve been making myself soups packed with vitamins to keep my immune system – and mind – in tip-top condition. I recently made a delicious red pepper, sweet potato and coconut soup so will share the recipe with you guys soon.
I’ve always enjoyed reading but last year, I barely managed to get through more than two books. This month, I’m already halfway through my third one and personally, find that getting lost in the pages makes me feel better than wasting hours scrolling endlessly through my (many) social media channels.
I’m reading ‘Happy’ by Fearne Cotton at the moment and learning to appreciate the little things again. Whether you like to indulge a fantasy novel, gory thriller or something educational, why not immerse yourself in a book for an hour or two tonight?
For me, turning my car radio up to eleven and singing my heart out at the traffic lights always make me feel awesome (and look like an absolute lunatic to fellow commuters). I also find that singing and dancing around the kitchen to an upbeat classic has a similar effect, only this time, it’s the kids who give me funny looks.
Adam recommends Blue Monday by New Order for this particular occasion. All together now: ‘How does it feel, to love me like you doooo.‘
What do you do to ward off the January blues?
*Obviously, if what you’re feeling is more than just the ‘January Blues’ then it’s important to seek professional help.