Good housekeeping – 5 Ways To Beat Blue Monday
On 20 January, we will wake to what has been labelled Blue Monday – the day that is said to be the most depressing of the year.
This is down to a combination of those annual January grumbles like the grey weather, post-Christmas debts and abandoned New Year’s resolutions, which can lead to a general lack of motivation and a feeling that, after Christmas, there is little to look forward to.
But worry not, psychologist Dr Jessamy Hibberd, co-author of the new book This Book Will… Make You Happy, can offer some practical steps to prevent you from feeling blue this Monday – and hopefully for the foreseeable future.
1. Embrace the outdoors and head outside for a brisk walk. Fresh air will clear your mind and your lungs, and release some exercise-induced endorphins.
2. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Remove any unnecessary noise (like ticking clocks) from your bedroom, make sure it is as dark as possible, and keep it a phone, tablet and computer-free zone.
3. Put something fun in the diary, like booking tickets to that play or film you’ve been talking about. Doing things that make you feel good is a really simple way to lift your mood.
4. When your alarm goes off in the morning, avoid hitting snooze. Your mood is at its lowest when you first wake up and naturally rises when you get out of bed. You’ll end up feeling worse if you delay the inevitable.
5. A simple yet effective way to make you feel happy, relaxed and even improve the health of your heart is to laugh! Take 10 minutes out of your day to watch a funny sketch, tell an amusing story or burst into a spontaneous flourish of laughter.Dr Jessamy Hibberd and Jo Usmar are co-authors of a new series of books called This Book Will Make You Calm/Confident/Happy/Sleep, out in January from Quercus, £7.99 each. To order any of the books from the series for the special price of £7.49 with free UK p&p, visit allaboutyoubookshop.co.uk or call 0871 803 6764. BT landline calls cost up to 7p a minute, calls from other networks may cost more.