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How To Beat Blue Monday

Jan 17 is officially the most depressing day of the year. Not on our watch…

The third Monday of January has been awarded the title of ‘The Most Depressing Day of the Year’. Hardly surprising, really, when you think about it. The festivities and fun of Christmas have faded into the background and all that’s left is a gloomy and grey month of… well, nothing. Worse still, it’s a l-o-o-o-n-g way until payday and you’re uber-skint after spending a fortune on Christmas presents. The decorations are down, the tree is down, and you’re down. There’s no denying it; Blue Monday sucks, but we’re here to help you through. 

Supersize Your Sunday

Make the absolute most of your Sunday. Spend the day doing all the things you enjoy and make time to plan the week ahead to make sure you’re totally prepared for whatever life might throw at you. Show Monday who’s boss – pack your lunch or bag for the day and lay out your clothes ready to throw on in the morning. Make sure your alarm is set and get an early night if you can. Now there’ll be no last-minute panics or stresses to trip you up!

Max Your Morning

Start your day the right way – make sure you give yourself plenty of time in the morning to eat, shower and dress without feeling rushed or harassed. Resist the temptation to hit the snooze button 20 times in a row and jump in the shower to wake yourself up. Dress in a feel-good outfit and spray on your favourite perfume or aftershave to make you feel at your very best. Wear your lucky jumper or slick on your favourite lipstick. Today is about boosting your confidence and maximising those feel-good vibes!

Treat Time

Whether it’s a takeaway coffee or a packet of crisps from the office vending machine, treat yourself to something today. Plan and cook your favourite meal for dinner or order in takeaway. Pick up a new t-shirt or treat yourself to a new pair of pjs to wear tonight.

Move It to Max Your Mood

Feeling the gloomy grip of Blue Monday? Get active to refocus your mind – squeeze in a quick run during your lunch break or take yourself for a walk in the park. Exercise releases endorphins which help to reduce anxiety and depression and improve self-esteem and confidence.

Power Of Positivity

Today is the day to think positive. Repeat this positive mantra in your head: “Today will be a good day!” Repeat it to refocus your mindset to one of positivity. Studies have discovered a strong link between positivity and health. Positive thinking can improve your mood, your outlook and even your stress levels.

Not Today, Satan

Blue Monday is not the day to put up with any negativity, no siree. Give gloomy people a wide berth and surround yourself with friends and family who make you feel good inside. Be kind to yourself.

You’ve Got This!

Blue Monday? Completed it, mate. Give yourself a huge pat on the back for bossing the most depressing day of the year! Now it’s time to end the day on a high note doing something you really love – Netflix, gaming, soaking in a long bath, or whatever floats your boat. You deserve it.

To get more help with coping with winter blues, click here.

Curated by

Sian Dolan
Sian Dolan is a content writer for Hidden Strength with a background in children’s and teenage magazines. She feels it’s more important than ever to write supportive, engaging features for young adults who need a guiding light and a helping hand with their mental health and wellbeing.