Today I’m sharing five ways to beat Blue Monday at its own game!
Did you even know it was Blue Monday today? Hands up if you did! 😉
I only know because I’ve ignored two articles online today along with scrolling on by so many posts on social media telling me that today is the most miserable day of the year!
Apparently, the ‘scientific’ formula behind the declaration that today is the most miserable day of the year is down to things like the number of days since Christmas, the number of days until payday, the weather and even the number of days since we’re all likely to have broken a new years resolution!!!
I don’t buy into it at all and I’m definitely not a fan of labelling a day as being a day where people are likely to feel miserable because the knock-on effect of that (in my opinion) is that more people actually are going to feel miserable.
But, even though I don’t agree with the day itself, I do get that this isn’t necessarily the happiest time of the year for some people so I thought I’d share a few ideas of a few things that you can do right now to kick Blue Monday’s backside along with a few feel-good photos that might help too….
Take some time for yourself
A durefire way to help you beat Blue Monday would be to find a way to spend some time, even just a few minutes, doing something that you enjoy. I do this as often as I can and it really does do me good – I might have a bubble bath with a book, go for a walk with my camera or even just lay on the bed with my Kindle or a magazine for a few minutes.
Whatever I choose to do, it’s something that I do for no other reason than it’s something I want to do.
Take control of whatever’s on your mind
If your finances are worrying you then take control of them – you can download my free financial planner if you want to use that as a guide or even just my free monthly budget planner but whatever you do, take control. It’s better to have everything down in writing so you can see where you can save and start to feel more in control.
If it’s not your finances that are on your mind then do something to take control of whatever else you’re thinking about.
Write a list of things you’re grateful for
I do have a lot going on in my life and it’s often easy for me to focus on the things that are causing me stress and forget all about the things that I’m lucky to have in my life. Every now and again, I take a couple of minutes and write a list of the things I’m grateful for which sounds really corny but it’s something that really helps me.
Revisit your New Years resolutions and give yourself a second chance
If you made a few New Years Resolutions that you’ve broken already then why not give yourself a do-over and start again. The chances are that you set resolutions based on what you want out of life so give it another go!
Get a natural boost
There are lots of natural ways you can boost your mood when you put your mind to it! Get outdoors and let the sunlight boost your serotonin levels, release some endorphins by having a good laugh with friends or release even more by getting active. You can feel good about yourself by doing something for someone else just to make them happy or feel happy just smiling at someone for the sake of it.
I hope these ideas help you beat Blue Monday this year!
(PS – these tips will help you beat Blue Monday if indeed the reason you’re feeling down is because it’s Blue Monday or you just have a case of the mehs – I totally get that if there’s a deeper root cause or you’re suffering from any kind of mental health issues, no matter how small that there’s no quick cure for that.)
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