So, Blue Monday hits on 20th January this year and whether or not it’s just a marketing stunt, it certainly can be a bit of a gloomy day for some. But there are things you can do to help offset it. My suggestion is that you start these things now so that you’ll positively skip through the day when it arrives.
1. Take Some Fresh Air
Pop your dressing gown on and stand in your garden to drink your first cuppa of the day. Trust me, being January you’ll pretty much have your surroundings to yourself as most people will be cooped up in their centrally heated homes. But you’ll be outside observing nature – the birds and the trees and watching the light change as you greet the morning. A lovely way to start the day as you still your mind and improve you focus.
2. Be Mindful
While you are in the garden, do some deep breathing, which will be calming and relaxing and also energize you and set you up for the day ahead. We often toss and turn all night long as our subconscious mind works overtime. Being still first thing will really help you to have a positive and wonderful day.
3. Sing in the Shower
Even if you feel you can’t sing, you absolutely must!! Everyone has that one tune they can belt out and now is your time to make like Donna Summer or Freddie Mercury. (Just be sure to ignore the ‘nil point’ comments from your family). Singing is fun and lifts your mood – try singing a Blondie song in the style of Elvis or vice versa and wait for those rave reviews.
The long anticipated New Year’s party is over, but don’t be glum, meet a chum. Arrange to meet a friend or two for coffee or lunch and have a jolly good catch-up. Connecting with others is vital, it’s when we feel safe, happy and full of hope, joy and love.
5. Avoid Sugar
Chocolate biscuits are tempting, but nutritionally unsound and the burst of energy doesn’t last long. Biscuits can also lead to sluggishness and weight gain. Instead eat vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, and plant milk. I feel surprisingly fresh and alert just thinking about veggies! We are what we eat and mood improves with good food.
6. Don’t forget your Vitamins
Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin and great for mood elevation and Vitamin C helps to support your immune system.
7. Book your Reflexology, Massage and Facial Appointments
Reflexology, massage and facials make a big difference to your wellbeing and will transform the way you feel about yourself by improving circulation, reducing stress, pain and restoring your natural balance. Most definitely your body and brain will thank you.
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2020.
PS WARNING: Complimentary feel-good hormones come as standard with every treatment.