So today is, apparently the bluest day of the year, aptly named blue Monday.
It’s my birthday tomorrow and this day fell on my actual birthday last year and it always falls pretty close, so I’ve never been a fan of this term!
What is Blue Monday?
Scientists have put together various factors to come up with this- the most depressing day of the year. It’s a mixture of over-indulging at Christmas, both in terms of health and finances, the bad weather and the feeling of a ‘come-down’ after the Christmas chaos. Many people at this time of year are struggling with debt and not knowing how they’ll manage to pay it, failing our New Years Resolutions, feeling a general lack of motivation and overall a little bit rubbish!
A friend of mine messaged today to say she was feeling particularly rubbish and had spent some time crying – now we all get down from time to time, and that’s absolutely fine. But it’s about being able to have tools in our kit to be able to deal with these little lows that get us back up again!
Among, other things, I’ve managed to help put a smile on my friends face, so thought I’d share some tips and try to help you all when you are having a blugghhhh day too!
Tips to overcome feeling down
This has been scientifically proven, that just the act of smiling can lift our mood. It changes brain chemistry which sends good feelings and can help turn that frown upside down!
2. Have a dance
Try being down whilst having a good boogie, it’s really hard to do! Pull out your all-time favourite songs (something upbeat of course!) and feel your mood lifting!
3. Go for a walk
This works for a lot of people. Just the act of getting outside in nature can help clear your head and make us feel happier.
I know loads of people that swear by exercise to help lift their moods. There is a change in chemicals in the brain to support this theory when endorphins are released.
Make a list of all the things that you have in your life that you are grateful for. Do you have a roof over your head, water, electricity, gas central heating, clothes, food etc? By making a list, it makes you put things in perspective.
6. Watch a funny film
Laughter relieves stress, helps to heal and exercises parts of our body.
You make think this isn’t for you, but try it. The power of mindset work is amazing. If you haven’t tried it, now is as good a time as ever to start!
Write down’ I love myself because…….’ write down 20 things
Then write down ‘I am proud of myself because….. ‘ again 20 things
Then consider writing an affirmation out 20 times such as ‘I completely believe in my ability to succeed’ or say it out loud to yourself or whilst looking in a mirror.
Or watch a happy or motivational video on Youtube- works wonders!
8. Speak to someone
As the old saying goes, a problem halved is a problem shared. Speak to your other half, a close friend, family member or someone else you trust. Often they can put a different spin on things and add a different perspective for you.
9. Get some sun
Ok, so this one isn’t always available, but if it is- absorb as much sunshine as you can get- it’s a huge mood lifter and for me something that is so important to me. It’s one of my favourite things in life and why you’ll often catch me looking at (and booking!) holidays!
10. Get help
If your mood isn’t just a funk you’re in for a day or two, but for a much longer period of time, then you may need help. This can start with looking at exercise, drinking more water, eating better foods or speaking to someone such as a doctor. Never be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
I hope these tips have helped a little. What do you do when you are feeling a little low?