As the feeling of Christmas joy becomes a memory (bye bye mid-week pj days!) and we settle into the new year, many of us will feel the effects of what has been dubbed ‘the most depressing day of the year’, otherwise known as ‘Blue Monday’.
So, what exactly is it about this day that makes us all want to climb back under the duvet and wait for it to pass? Let's take a look...
What is Blue Monday?
This years' ‘Blue Monday’ is on Monday 21st January... ya know, just in case you want to pop it in the diary...
It is said to be caused by a number of, quite frankly depressing factors, including tackling post-Christmas blues, empty looking bank accounts, the pressure to stick to your New Year’s resolutions (how's that gym membership going?), low motivation levels and colder weather. But does it really have to be like this? We don’t think so! Let’s flip Blue Monday on its head and make it a positive day that we can enjoy. So, why not try some of these activities to boost your mood?
1. Step onto the yoga mat
For centuries yoga has been used to focus the mind, relieve stress and to help us feel relaxed. We're sold! If you have never tried yoga before, don’t worry. You’ll find classes and online tutorials (if you fancy giving it a go at home first) catered for beginners. Okay, all together now... Namaste!
2. Pamper yourself
Over Christmas, we spend a lot of time looking after other people, whether it’s buying gifts for them or hosting an event. So, this January, take some extra time off and treat yourself to a face mask, long bubble bath or whatever is it that you do to relax!
3. Enjoy a treat
Christmas may be a time of over-indulgence but that doesn’t mean you have to completely restrict yourself in January, especially on Blue Monday! Eat or drink something that leaves a smile on your face. Did someone say cake?
4. Spend time with your BFF's
Friends are the people who make us smile brighter, laugh louder and live better. So, whether it’s hitting the town and dancing the night away, watching your fave Tom Hardy flick or enjoying a meal in that trendy new hot spot– do it all with friends you love.
5. Love your skin
Throughout December, our skin can feel a little neglected. Cold weather, Christmas parties and enjoying more food and alcohol than usual can take its toll on our complexion. This January, get your skin routine back on track by always removing your makeup and cleansing your face at the end of every day. You’ll soon be reunited with glowing, healthy looking skin!