We’re three weeks into January. Have you stuck to those New Year’s resolutions? Are your jeans still feeling a bit snug after overindulging on Christmas treats? Feeling a bit bleurgh about everything? Welcome to Blue Monday, officially the gloomiest day of the year.
There are numerous reasons why the third Monday of January has been dubbed the saddest day of the year: it’s cold, it’s dark, payday is still a fair way off, and all that Christmas merriment is a distant memory.
But instead of weeping into your lukewarm tea, it’s time to take action and make yourself feel better.
In this quick read, we look at ways to boost your mood and bat away those January blues (and yes, some do involve exercise).
Write a letter
Remember when you used to receive actual letters? Not just bills or junk mail, but actual handwritten, thought-out letters? There’s something so special about it.
So, grab a pen, sit somewhere comfy and write a good old-fashioned letter. It could be to a friend or relative, it could even be to yourself. But losing yourself in a letter is a great way to stave off those January blues for a short while at least.
Pick up the phone
(WARNING: you’re going to have to make a call, not just text or WhatsApp someone.) Speaking to a friend or family member when you’re feeling a bit down is a great tonic. Catch up on their news, celebrate their wins, share any titbits about yourself – you’ll make their day and yours, too.
If the last time you went for a walk just for the sake of going for a walk was back in the pandemic, then it’s time to tie up your laces, put on your puffer jacket and get outdoors. Whether you go for a scenic walk, a gentle jog or just a stroll down to the high street – getting outdoors can make a huge difference to your mood.
Work out for free
You don’t need to join a gym to get your blood pumping. You don’t even need to stream a workout video on YouTube (although it’s got millions to choose from). Just put on some music and have a dance party for one. You might feel like an idiot but having a little dance around the dining room can do wonders for your blue mood.
Go to Finland
If all the other suggestions don’t work, then pack up your bags and plan a trip to Finland, ranked 2022’s happiest country in the world. In fact, it’s been voted the happiest country for five years, so they obviously know something we don’t.
How will you cheer yourself up this Blue Monday? I’m always looking for ways to have a laugh. Comment below.