According to experts, Blue Monday is meant to be the most depressing day of the year. It falls on the third Monday in January, in the dead of winter.
On top of that, Blue Monday comes with a heavy dose of post-Christmas blues and pressure to keep up with New Year resolutions.
Without going into detail about what else Blue Monday means, people over the past two years have also been dealing with the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, making the day even more of a struggle.
So, we’d like to offer you some advice.
We have put together some great tips to help you get through this Blue Monday with a positive attitude.
Here’s how to cope with the saddest day of the year:
1 - Visit an art exhibition that will stimulate your senses
Taking part in a cultural activity is a great way to beat the January blues. Immerse yourself in other worlds, cultures or experiences and you’re bound to forget about your worries. It will likely be a different, interesting experience, and certainly seems like a good plan to cheer up on Blue Monday. If you can’t make it in person, try a virtual exhibition tour. What better way to spend the day than experiencing a world-famous museum from the comfort of your sofa?
2 - Pamper your body
Treat yourself by booking an appointment at your local Beauty Centre and indulging in a nice pampering session. Guaranteed to leave you glowing inside and out.
3 - Play sports
Exercising releases hormones responsible for your well-being, so getting your heart rate up is one of the best ways to boost your mood. Go for a walk, jump on your bike or get yourself to the gym. You’ll thank yourself later!
4 - Catch up with a friend or family member
Meeting up with a good friend you haven’t seen for a long time or spending a fun afternoon with a close family member is not only a wonderful idea, but can be a much needed or even therapeutic way to spend the third Monday of the year.
And be careful! Don’t let your guard down, since Omicron is on the rise. 😊
Another option would be to have a good video catch up. It’s become the new normal at this point, so why not?
5 - Have a glass of wine
Sticking with the previous plan, a couple of hours may not be enough time for good friends who haven’t seen each other for decades. So, go out for an evening in good company and perhaps even some dancing — guaranteed to make you smile more than once.
And if one of your friends is self-isolating, ask them to join you via video call. They’ll really appreciate the gesture and will feel included.
Laugh, dance and don’t forget your red lipstick! (Another great mood booster.)