As the feeling of Christmas joy becomes a memory (buh-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...
Why Is It Called Blue Monday?
Blue Monday first came about back in 2005 when a group of psychologists got together and worked out when the 'most depressing day of the year' was. (Rather them than us!) They considered the weather, post-Christmas blues, when we're most likely to fail our New Year resolutions, financial situations in Jan and low motivation levels amongst other things. Out of this came their 'Blue Monday' formula which lands, usually, on the third Monday in January.
However, we don't believe it has to be like this! Let's flip Blue Monday on its head and make it as positive as possible! If you're feeling a little blue this month, why not try some of these smile-inducing activities?
1. Na'Maste (Happy this January)
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... Na'maste!
2. Pamper Yourself... You Deserve It!
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. Delight Your Tastebuds
Christmas may be a time of overindulgence 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!