Monday, 18 January 2016

6 Ideas to Brighten Blue Monday


Today is supposed to be the bluest day of the year, people are on a tight budget due to the festive period and pay day seems a long time away but it is also a time to be thankful for what we have, making the most of precious family time.  Whether it is the gloomy weather, short day light hours or these long winter months that lead to feeling depressed here are some great tips for feeling good.


Cheap and Cheerful Film Day
Transform your living room in to a cinema, gather your duvets, popcorn, even a tray of tapas, a feel good movie, candles and spend a few hours having fun, relaxing and spending quality time as a family.

Spa Day at Home
Gather up all those toiletries you received at Christmas and treat yourself to a pampering.  Hair, nails, feet, give your body the works.  You can also ask your partner for a massage and reciprocate.  If you cannot afford to have your hair dyed at the salon buy a home dye kit and do it yourself, it is surprising how good you feel with no grey roots.  You can also make some smoothies and healthy snacks to enjoy whilst the treatments are on going.

Bake
Make a special cake, we all have so many leftovers in the cupboard from Christmas so use them up and I find the best cakes are the ones where you throw everything in.  Let the children make cookies and decorate them, Gee loves being creative with icing and decorations and it is a sure way of keeping them entertained for a few hours.

Walk
Wrap up warm and brave the elements, yes it’s cold outside but you will feel so much better for the fresh air.  Children love exploring open spaces so have fun, look for bugs, make pictures with twigs and stones but most of all enjoy everything that is free around us.

Be Kind
There is nothing better than random acts of kindness, go out of your way to make somebodies day special, visit an older neighbour, surprise someone with an unexpected gift, it doesn’t have to be anything major, even a please and thank you can bring a smile to somebody’s face.

Happy Book
Start a daily Happy Book in which you write one sentence a day on something good that has happened.  A Happy Book is a wonderful place to keep all your good memories and you can look back and realise that life isn’t as dull as you thought.

What makes you happy, I would love to hear your thoughts?

18 comments:

  1. A Happy Book is such a good idea! I have "one line a day", which is a diary in which you only write one line or two about each day over 5 years, but maybe I'll turn it into a Happy Book! :)

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  2. I really like the sound of making a happy book. might have to try that

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  3. I just started hearing about blue monday today. I feel happy today so I must be an anomaly.

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  4. I like scouring the net for holidays lol, or reading a book. Tonights dinner is melted camembert as well (with other bits of course or I'd be starving!)- so all in all a pretty good blue monday! ;)

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  5. I love all your ideas , especially the happy book idea.

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  6. Great ideas! I love baking. Always helps me relax and feel so much better when I have something smelling nice in the oven. x

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  7. Lovely ideas. Never heard of blue Monday until today.

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  8. Some great ideas here. I try to keep active to keep my mood up - I go for a daily hillwalk and feel much better for it.

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  9. I saw it was blue Monday on Facebook in the evening. But in all honesty It was one of my better days of 2016.
    I absolute love your tips though, I will be using them for when I am feeling a bit low
    Great post hun
    Charlotte x

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  10. These are great ideas I think a walk helps many things!

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  11. I love the book idea. Knowing me though I would forget to write in it! I'd need to set an alarm everyday to remember! haha x

    Natasha Kendall | Beauty and Lifestyle

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  12. Some great ideas here. I love a film day and did actually watch a few yesterday

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  13. I am glad I a not the only one who calls Mondays a blue day some great tips thanks for sharing

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  14. Just going out for a walk or run for 30 minutes always puts me in a better mood. I always say it's the cheapest therapy!

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  15. I love having a spa day at home, there is nothing quite like a good pamper day x

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  16. Some great tips! I love a movie night :)

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  17. Great ideas! I need to find more time to bake and enjoy books! x

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  18. I have no idea why but I really love Monday's it's weird. Great ideas!!

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