Blue Monday, the third Monday of the year, is the day many people agree that they hit a monumental slump and is dubbed “the most depressing day of the year”.
Whilst there isn’t any research to back it up, you can understand why, for many of us, this is the most “meh” Monday of them all: the holidays are long gone, temperatures are low and the sun is nowhere to be found. Not only that but the next real holiday break is light-years away (Easter we see you), and we’re all realising that resolutions aren’t always so fun or easy.
However this year we are all about being more positive and focusing on our health and wellbeing! So, to help you out we’ve put together some feel better tips to stop you being down in the dumps and pick you up this Blue Monday.
Go Work Out
Working out has a crazy number of brain and body benefits, including boosting happy mood chemicals, reducing stress, and alleviating anxiety. You’ll get a natural high from the release of endorphins, and your energy levels will remain high for a while after you stop exercising.
Self Care isn’t just laying on the couch with a facemask on. It’s the act of dedicating time and effort to treating yourself to whatever makes you happiest. So whether that’s a giant coffee on Monday mornings or an extra five minutes in bed to just stare at the ceiling, go ahead and indulge.
Eat The Right Foods
Feeling unusually tired? Well, your diet can have a huge impact on your sleep – that’s why eating the right foods is so important to getting a good night’s kip. Head over to our blog to find out what foods you should be eating for a great night’s sleep.
Simple acts of kindness and politeness can improve your mental health and even reduce physical pain according to research. So give up a seat for someone, buy a stranger a coffee, help carry a pushchair up the stairs, start a fundraising event – it can all add to the positive mental attitude you need on Blue Monday.
Practice Good Sleep Habits
Establish a new and more relaxing bedtime routine, whether that means relaxing with a good book or having a nice hot bath. No matter how tempting it is, don’t take work home with you and don’t rely on a glass of red wine to unwind before bedtime!
These are just a few of our tips to boost your energy this Blue Monday. Remember we’re all a bit upset the festive season is over, so you’re certainly not alone if you’re feeling a bit blue!