Blue Monday – How to Beat the January Blues


OK so Blue Monday might have been part of an advertising campaign thought up by a holiday company, but for many people January can be a pretty miserable time.

All the fun and festivities that were Christmas are long gone, the weather is cold and the mornings and evening are dark. Bills are slowly dropping through the letterbox and pay day seems a long way off. So it’s no wonder we start to feel fed up.

For most people it’s not all doom and gloom. However for others, especially those living with depression, it can imply that there is nothing wrong and they are just feeling ‘a little down’. If you think that is the case for you then I highly recommend you speak to a professional.

What can you do about Blue Monday?

Exercise is a fantastic way to release feel good hormones (endorphins) into your system. Whether it’s getting out for a walk/jog, going for a swim or even just dancing around your living room with the kids as long as you get moving it will help to improve your mood,

If you don’t want to brave the elements then why not curl up with a good book or watch a movie. Whether you love to watch a good comedy or prefer to read one of the classics there is plenty to pick from to boost your mood.

Here are some of my favourites movies

The Goonies

One of my all time childhood favourites that I can watch time and time again. It’s a classic coming of age movie and one we all love as a family.

Ferris Buellers Day Off

This takes me straight back to my teenage years when I had no real worries and taking a day off was easy as pie.

Coyote Ugly

This is one of my all time favourite movies and it never ceases to put me in a good mood. It should be in everyone’s self care DVD cabinet. Plus, the soundtrack is amazing!

Practical Magic

It has everything you need for a top class feel good 90s movie — Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman and Stockard Channing. It’s hilarious, goofy, dark, and whimsical all tied up together with a happy ending.


And books

If you prefer to curl up with a hot drink and a good book then here are my recommendations

The Cocktail Bar by Isabella May

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this prior to its publication in February and I would highly recommend it if you’re having bad day.

The Harry Potter Series by J K Rowling

If you’re surroundings are getting you down, what you need is to escape and what better way to do it than to get completely lost in the magical world of Harry Potter and his friends.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This is one of my favourite books EVER.  It’s heart warming tale which will always leave you with a glimpse of hope. It’s a constant reminder of how amazing children can be.

Emma by Jane Austen

If you prefer to read the ‘classics’ then you can’t go wrong with Emma. It’s a, charming, funny and easy to read story with unforgettable characters.


Finally, if you’re missing the sun then why not prove the marketing campaign invented all those years go actually works and book a holiday in the sun.

I also have some fantastic self care ideas if you’re looking for more inspiration.

What activities do you do to beat the blues? Let me know in the comments.

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