If you’re having a tough start to the week, Blue Monday just passed. But Blue Monday might not be what it seems – it was initially created as a marketing strategy by travel companies with the idea being that people would look to escape the colder months if they thought Blue Monday was a commonly experienced sad time.
The travel companies weren’t totally off though – this time of year is historically quite sad. The early months of the year can be sad in countries with a colder climate. And January especially can be tough, coming off of the upbeat (and often high-stress holidays) and moving into what feel like much longer and much greyer days.
I personally find this time of year can be a bit hard so I wanted to put together some tips and tricks to help make these winter blues feel like less of a burden:
❄️ Start a gratefulness journal and write down a minimum of one thing you are grateful for each day.
✨Reignite the love of an old hobby or passion project or begin one that can be done indoors.
❄️Exercise for 30 minutes – even a short walk will get the blood flowing which is great for your mental health.
✨Talk to your loved ones about how you’re feeling as they could be a great listening ear or could even be experiencing the winter blues too.
❄️ Schedule a weekly meet up with friends or loved ones to play board games or watch sports – it’s something to look forward to on a regular basis!
✨Give yourself 30 minutes a day all for you – take a bath, read a book, watch a guilty pleasure TV show – whatever works for you.
What are your tips for staying afloat amidst the winter blues? Comment below!