Four ways to make Blue Monday a little less blue

Blue Monday is notoriously known for being one of the worst days of the year. A combination of the cold weather, getting back to work after time off and feelings of low motivation after a long break has seen the third Monday in January crowned the most depressing day in the year. Although this may be the case, it doesn’t have to be for you. Read our top four tips on making Blue Monday a little less blue.

1. Make plans with friends or family members

It’s very common for people to feel worse when they are alone. Making plans to see a friend or family member gives you some company and lifts your mood considerably.

2. Do exercise

Whether it’s having a swim or going for a walk in the park, practising some form of exercise can release feel good hormones that leave you feeling happier, refreshed and calmer.

3. Relax

The start of a new year can be busy and hectic. Taking some time to do something for yourself can have a massive impact on your overall mood and how you feel. Having a bath, reading a book or doing something that you enjoy can help to brighten your day.

4. Be kind to yourself

If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, being kind and understanding of your feelings is one of the best things you can do. Putting less pressure on yourself can relieve some of the stress you may be feeling.

If you are feeling the Blue Monday blues, following some of our top tips may help to lift your mood. If you need more advice for low moods visit the NHS website, or read our blog on how to boost your mental health for the New Year.

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Five low-budget care package ideas for a loved one

A care package can be a unique and well-received gift for someone who is having a tough time. Letting someone know that they are not alone and you care can really help someone’s mental health. Take a look at our top five low-budget care package ideas below and brighten someone’s day today.

1. A handwritten letter

Never underestimate the power of words. A handwritten letter can do so much more than a shop-bought gift. Taking the time to write to someone and explaining how loved they are and all the traits you like about them can boost their day considerably.

2. Coupons

Creating a booklet of coupons can be a fun, alternative gift. You can customise them to suit the type of care package you are sending. For example, for someone who is unwell, you can create a coupon that entitles them to an evening of watching movies with you, or having you make them cups of tea all day!

3. Baked goods

Are you particularly crafty in the kitchen? Baking is a simple, yet effective way of showing someone you care. Whether it’s sweet or savoury, creating a batch of scones or cookies will be much appreciated from the recipient!

4. A photo album

If your loved one is feeling down, reminding them of all the amazing memories they’ve had is a special gift. All you need to do is buy a photo album and print out their favourite pictures for you to go through together. This could also help initiate a conversation and help them to open up about their worries.

5. A good book

We all need some escapism sometimes. What better way is there to do this than to be transported to another world in the form of a good book? Purchase the book you have in mind and even include a note inside explaining why you chose this book for them.

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