For Blue Monday, I’m planning to focus on the good stuff by counting my blessings and all the things that make me smile. We never really know how life is treating the people around us, so I’ll be making an extra special effort to be kind. Here’s a little Monday motivation should you need it and let’s put a little joy into the blue!
1. Think of something you’ve done that you’re proud of.
2. Focus on the things you’re grateful for.
3. Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.
4. Play some uplifting music.
5. Make plans, book cinema or theatre tickets, a weekend away or holiday.
6. Catch up with a friend who lifts your spirits.
7. Do something kind for someone.
8. Treat yourself to tea and cake at your favourite coffee shop.
9. Get outdoors and soak up the daylight and fresh air.
10. Buy yourself a bunch of flowers or anything that makes you feel special.
12. Have a scented bubble bath with candles and soothing music.
13. Spend the evening with the people you love.
14. Watch a cheerful or funny film.
15. And if all else fails here’s a juicy ripe strawberry falling into a glass of water.
I find January to be a tough month to navigate and in the past, by the third Monday, I was usually planning my work escape route and wondering where my positivity had gone. Looking back, I think this was primarily due to not getting enough daylight and so nowadays I practice a little extra self-care and accept that my feelings are normal and that they will pass. To be honest I found the Blue Monday concept quite reassuring because it made some sense of why I was feeling so demotivated and I could easily access a lot of helpful information online.
I hope you have a kind and gentle day and for a few more ideas, here are eight ways to ease the January blues.
A STUNT STRAWBERRY
My photographs are stills from a 4k film I shot on Saturday and I can confirm that no strawberry was hurt in the process but I did drench my living room floor – oops! You can read more about 4k photography here and on my previous posts where I captured my niece blowing bubbles, falling pebbles and a fast-moving weir.
This post is a sponsored collaboration with Panasonic. All views are my own.
If you have any concerns about the mental health of yourself, a friend or a family member please consult your GP or a mental health care professional.