Has anyone else found that they’ve been lacking the motivation and inspiration that a new year promised? Instead of springing out of bed at 6am ready to tackle the day I’ve found that I’ve been hiding under my duvet, snoozing my alarm clock and dragging myself to the shower as late as physically possible. So with Blue Monday looming over our heads like a dark angry cloud, I thought I’d make a real effort to get out of my funk and come up with some tips to help those of you who like me aren’t quite feeling the positive vibes this January.
For those of you who aren’t clued up on Blue Monday, it is essentially a name given to the third Monday in January which is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. After all, Christmas has passed, January pay day still seems light years away, the dark evenings are starting to loose their cosy appeal and we’re beginning to long for summer and all of beer garden fun that it brings.
So what are you waiting for? Come and check out my top tips for combating those pesky and extremely unwanted Blue Monday blues.
Spend time surrounded by friends and family
What better way to perk up your mood than spending time with the people who know you best? Schedule in an post work date with your nearest and dearest and simply concentrate on having some fun! Whether that means heading out to grab some dinner, going to a local pub quiz or having an evening in cooking a yummy meal I can guarantee Blue Monday will be much less blue when surrounded by the ones you love.
Top suggestion: Head down to your local cinema, grab some popcorn and an Iceblast and go to see The Greatest Showman. I can 100% guarantee that you’ll come of our there feeling so much more positive, ridiculously uplifted and pretty much ready to sing and dance your entire way home! Oh and of course have reignited your teeange crush on Zac Efron…
Make sure to move
Yes, yes, the standard exercise will make you feel better tip. I know, eye roll. But have you honestly ever regretted a gym session? I’m hoping the answer is no as I know that I definitely haven’t! Since I stopped exercising mid-November I’ve noticed that my energy levels have really plummeted, I’ve felt a lot less body confident and this is turn has had a knock on effect about how I feel about myself. I finally plucked up the courage to have my first gym session of 2018 last week and I feel SO much better for it. It’s going to be a good few weeks until I’m feeling strong enough to return to my usual circuits or spin classes but I’ve made a step in the right direction and that’s a positive thing! Even if it means simply stretching your legs and making sure you get your 10,000 steps in on your lunch break, some fresh air is sure to blow away the cobwebs and leave you with a more positive attitude.
Top suggestion: Why not try an exercise class you’ve never been to before? I can vouch for how fun trampolining is, so much so that it doesn’t even feel like exercise! I’m also determined to give salsa classes a try this year and hopefully drag Adam along too! As soon as you find something you enjoy, exercise won’t feel like such a chore anymore!
Get planning for 2018
There’s something about looking through your crisp, new 2018 diary and seeing all the blank spaces staring back at you that is guaranteed to make you feel more than a little uninspired. So my top tip, get filling it in with exciting plans! Whether that be a summer holiday, a city break or something as simple as coffee dates with your friends. I always feel much more motivated when I have things to look forward to.
Top suggestion: Get scanning the January sales for cheap flights and plan a weekend getaway! I’ve seen so many amazing deals for flights and accommodation proving that now is definitely the time to book. This time last year we managed to bag our flights to Mykonos which were pretty darn cheap so I definitely recommend taking a look and planning your escape to grab a little bit of vitamin D!
Put away the technology
We all know by now that being surrounded by social media 24/7 isn’t good for our mental health. A lot of our struggles these days can be directly linked to comparison online and the constant need to keep up to date with people we haven’t actually even met in the flesh before. This can be truly exhausting so for one day why not leave your phone at home and concentrate on being present IRL?
Top suggestion: I know I’m SO guilty of picking my phone up and navigating straight to Instagram or Twitter without even realising it. It’s a bad habit I’ve got into that I’m desperate to leave behind in 2017. On social media free days I’m going to be temporarily deleting the apps from my phone entirely so I’m not tempted to do any aimless scrolling.
Be kind to yourself
Okay, so I know I’m essentially giving you a to-do list to make sure your Monday isn’t so blue but at the end of the day you just need to do you. If you’re not quite feeling yourself and want to give yourself an extra twenty minutes in bed in the morning or spend your evening binge watching Friends whilst making your way through your enormous pile of leftover Christmas chocolates (just me?) then that’s fine too! Spend your day in whatever way you think is going to benefit you most and I’m sure these blue feelings won’t stick around for long.
Top suggestion: Reading is one activity that constantly appears on all of my new years resolution lists as I vow to spend more time getting stuck into the pile of books by my bed. When I actually set aside the time to read, I thoroughly enjoy it and it provides you with an escapism like no other. So why not ditch Netflix for one evening (I’m sure it won’t take any offence) and dive head first into a new book instead?
So whether you’re suffering from a touch of the Blue Monday blues or maybe even just lacking some of the motivation you usually feel at this time of year I hope you’ve found these tips useful. Just remember that you’re not alone in feeling this way. A lot of people online tend to focus on the positivity of a new year and feeling raring to go but if you’re more of a slow burner then that’s okay too. You just go at your own pace.