The dreaded Blue Monday is just around the corner, the most depressing day of the year according to Psychologist Dr. Cliff Arnall. He came up with the term almost 14 years ago in response to various factors making the third Monday in January, the saddest day of the year. Weather, money (or lack of), little motivation and failing of new years resolutions all play a part in the gloomy day.
To help you get over Blue Monday, we have put together our top 10 ideas to beat the blue:
- A movie night
Snuggle up on the sofa with your favourite snack and film of choice. Try UP, La La Land, Beauty and the Beast for the whole family to enjoy.
- Start saving
Build the bank account back by saving on your shopping and reducing your extra spends. Instead of going to a paid attraction, chose a free destination to keep costs low. Try family walks, museum visits or a craft day at home. Seeing National Jump in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day is coming up on the 11th January, go out and enjoy the wet weather.
- Winter drinks
One of the best things about winter is the excuse to drink anything and everything. Relax with a mulled wine, hot chocolate or a flavoured coffee.
- A tasty gingerbread
Our hand decorated gingerbread are made with love, so what better way to spread joy. Try our Unicorn iced gingerbread to put some sparkle into your day. You can even have them personalised as a present for your loved ones.
- Book a holiday
Whether it is an hour from home or across the world, a change is what you need at this dull time of year. Go for one night or seven and relax or go crazy into every activity possible.
- Go outside
Take a trip out to see the wonders of winter time. Try Market Drayton’s Fordhall Organic Farm for a day visit or a camping stay in the yurts. You can have a farm tour, visit the café, and take part in an educational group tour to learn all about the farm and being organic.
- Get plenty of rest
You may be sleep deprived from all of your festivities so take a breather. Go to bed an hour earlier than usual to let yourself catch up.
Exercising stimulates the brain by working harder, it makes the body and brain be able to do more. This makes you feel more energised and can also relive stress. With health benefits including reduced blood pressure and a decrease of risk for many diseases. If exercising is new to you, try joining a running club or an exercise group as these can be very motivating.
- Be generous and give back
Show your family and friends how much you appreciate them. Seeing them happy will give you a smile on your face. Try our gift boxes of gingerbread for the perfect treat at any time of year.
- Food with friends
After you have emptied your pockets over the Christmas period, invite your friends and family round for a home cooked meal. This can be a cheaper alternative to going out as your guests may even offer to bring the drinks or dessert.