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.