If you found it harder than normal to get out of bed this morning, you’re not alone. That’s right folks, it’s Blue Monday- the day that has been scientifically "proven" to be the most depressing day of the year! :(
But do you know what? We’re not giving in! Rather than wallowing in the blueness of it all, we’re going to be proactive. As Walt Disney said: ‘Happiness is a state of mind.’ And with Blue Monday making its annual appearance, we're determined to find it.
Want to join us? Then here’s our tips on beating those January blues:
Bring some Hygge into your life: We can all learn something from the Danish philosophy of Hyggeto get us through the cold winter days. The best English translation is ‘cosiness’, but it’s also about making the most of the simple things in life, whether that means putting on your fluffiest jumper in the morning, treating yourself to a special lunch, or enjoying a cosy drink with a friend. Here’s five more easy ways to apply hygge to your life, this Blue Monday. Just don’t ask us to pronounce it!
Eat happy foods:It’s tempting to reach for the sweet and stodgy foods when you’re feeling down in the dumps, but in fact this could make matters worse, giving you a short high followed by a big fat low. What you eat is closely related to your moodso try swapping the cookies, cakes and fried snacks for foods that have been proven to boost your energy levels and happiness, such as chilli, avocado, dark chocolate, ginger and blueberries.
Book a holiday:What better way to distract yourself from the dreary UK winter than to plan a holiday somewhere warm and sunny, or book yourself a cheeky city break. Not only will it give you something to look forward to, chances are you’ll also save money, with loads ofJanuary dealsto take advantage of and lots of benefits from booking early.
You know what they say - a change is as good as a rest!
Sometimes just the simple action of making changes in your life, work or environment can increase your energy, motivation and well, make everything seem just that little bit rosier.
And never is that more true than on dreaded Blue Monday, when many of us will be feeling stuck in a rut and uninspired as we stare around at the same walls we've seen day after day after day. Well, now is your chance to do something about it!