You may have heard that today has been dubbed ‘Blue Monday’. There are still 11 whole days of January left (longest month ever!) and we’re crawling towards payday. Statistically, it is the day most of our resolutions are broken and it's also the day when credit card statements arrive from Christmas. Add to this, it’s a Monday which is already everyone's least favourite day.
So, here are some ways you can make Blue Monday a little better!
Make the commute better
Whether you choose to listen to a podcast, catch up on your favourite show, read a book or even meditate – it can be a lovely chunk of time where you can do something you enjoy. I find I don't even notice what’s going on around me when I'm reading, unless it's people chewing loudly!
Don’t look at your phone first thing in the morning
In our always-on world, it’s easy to turn off your alarm and then scroll through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the news. In fact, 61% of people look through their phone immediately after waking. Looking at your phone first thing is more likely to increase stress, lower your mood and lower productivity. Instead, take the time to slowly get ready for work, eat or pack your breakfast and then look at your phone when you’re out of the house.
Take your lunch break
Lots of studies have proven that you’re more productive if you take time away from the screen, even if it is just 20-30 minutes.
So, go out for a nice long walk, go to the gym (if you’re that way inclined), enjoy a nice lunch, catch up with a friend – just get that time away and come back feeling refreshed!
Plan a nice evening
Whatever that looks like to you - cooking a nice dinner, seeing family or friends, a bath and an early night - if it will make you feel happier - do it! I do this every evening and make sure I have something to look forward to, sometimes it's chocolate biscuits and a cup of tea (easily pleased) others, it's seeing my friends. It makes such a difference having something to look forward to.
Work, work, work
If work is a big factor of making you unhappy, utilise your lunch to think about what you really want from your career, update your CV and put the wheels in motion to move or, to arrange a conversation with your manager.
Get excited where your career could go and tell yourself that this is only temporary. Maybe even consider working on a 'side hustle' to reignite your motivation.
Tell yourself it’s just a day!
Someone made this day up back in 2005 as part of a marketing campaign to encourage people to go on holiday in January. So even though it sounds like a bleak day, it’s all a marketing ploy.
Talk to someone
If you are feeling low, talk to someone you trust and/or knows how to make you laugh. Maybe you can talk to someone at work or a close friend or family member.
What do you do to cheer yourself up on a bad day? I’d love to hear!