15 Ways to Cheer Up Blue Monday

17th January 2016

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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.

Strawberry 1
Strawberry 2
Strawberry 3
Strawberry 4
Strawberry 5
Strawberry 6
Strawberry 8
Strawberry 7
Strawberry 9
Strawberry 10



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.

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  • Reply Laura 17th January 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Good ideas! When I’m feeling blue about Mondays I try to pick one thing to look forward to for that day and focus on that

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 17th January 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Thank you Laura, that sounds like a good idea to me. Have a lovely Monday! x

  • Reply Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 17th January 2016 at 8:37 pm

    I can’t stop watching that strawberry drop. So cool!!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 17th January 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Haha! It was fun to film it! x

  • Reply Rachel 17th January 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Love the strawberry shots Natasha, brilliant to watch! I do number 4 every single day of the week! 🙂 x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 18th January 2016 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks Rachel, nothing like some loud music to get you going! I hope you are well. x

  • Reply Daisy 17th January 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Superb ideas…having trouble with number 9 it wont stop raining, maybe I should just get my wellies out?
    bestest xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 18th January 2016 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks so much, I hope it stops soon! x

  • Reply Penny L 17th January 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Tomorrow is my son’s 23rd birthday” he’s at uni , so I won’t see him, but it will still be a happy day for me! Mind you I might buy myself a bunch of flowers to celebrate! You have lots of lovely suggestions to improve any day! Xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 18th January 2016 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you Penny.. Flowers sound like a great idea and happy birthday to your son! x

  • Reply Lemon Freckles (@lemon_freckles) 18th January 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Lovely post! I think I should keep a list like this hanging on my door for those days that feel a bit blue. Really love the stills from your footage as well and glad no strawberries were hurt in the process. 😉 x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 18th January 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Thank you and do feel free to print the list! x

  • Reply Katie B 18th January 2016 at 5:34 pm

    These are super ideas! I had a cheeky day off today so my Blue Monday has been enjoyable, I will save these for another grumpy day of mine, they are quite a regular occurance 😉 I had a long dog walk, a big brunch and spent the afternoon with my planner – quite a productive time! Hope you have a good week! Katie xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 19th January 2016 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you Katie, it sounds like you had a great day. x

  • Reply Jo 18th January 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Love that action shot! I did number 9 today as the weather was so calm, clear and frosty.

    Happy new year! 🙂

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 19th January 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks Jo, Happy New Year to you too! x

  • Reply Emmaly Knecht 18th January 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Whelp i guess im wearing my favorite dress with my new favorite brown boots, getting a Starbucks and listening to some upbeat music, thank you for the heads up!!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 19th January 2016 at 9:09 pm

      You’re most welcome! x

  • Reply Jayla Jasso 19th January 2016 at 1:14 am

    Thanks for the ideas! I spent my Blue Monday off from work for Martin Luther King day, catching up on paperwork at home, baking some bread, and playing around on social media. Not too bad of a day!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 19th January 2016 at 9:10 pm

      That sounds like a nice relaxing day. Have a lovely week. x

  • Reply Eva 19th January 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I love all your ways to spend a nice monday, specially : 1, 2, 7, 8 et 10! The pictures are just amazing! Love it!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 19th January 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks so much Eva, have a great week! x

  • Reply Amy 20th January 2016 at 9:35 pm

    I love these tips! And your blog-everything is just so crisp and clean and it gives you an amazing feeling, not to mention the pictures are wonderful! <3

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 21st January 2016 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind comment. Have a lovely day! x

  • Reply Old Fashioned Susie (@OldFashionedSus) 23rd January 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Oh these are lovely ideas. Isn’t it funny how sometimes we need to be reminded that even the simplest things can bring joy xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 25th January 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks Susie. So true, we need very little to create a happy life. x

  • Reply Giovanna 9th March 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Such a great read and awesome tips! The strawberry pic is amazing hah! I think my blog will resinate with you!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 10th March 2016 at 8:01 am

      Thanks so much! x

  • Reply Izabela 17th January 2017 at 8:32 pm

    These are great suggestions.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 18th January 2017 at 10:12 am

      Thank you, Izabela. x

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