Feelin’ blue? Our top tips to beat Blue Monday
As the Dalai Lama said, “Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.” So on what’s been billed as the most depressing day of the year, we’ve rounded up all the ways you can perk yourself up and have a top 2018.
Binge watch The End of the F***ing World on Netflix
Yup, it sounds super depressing. But actually, it’s pretty hilarious. The End of the F***ing World is a dark comedy about off the charts angsty teens – with a twist.
Based on the award-winning graphic novel of the same name, the series pairs outcasts James (Alex Lawther) – a self-professed budding psychopath – and Alyssa (Jessica Barden) – foul-mouthed, rebellious and bored – for your standard coming-of-age road trip that is anything but.
The End is a chaotic, violent and v funny series of eight 20-ish minute episodes that you can totally polish off in an evening after work or Uni. Expect people to be murdered, dogs to be killed, cars to be stolen and rapists to be exposed. After the first five mins your eyes will be opened to just how great your life is!
Give up giving up
Do yourself a favour and forget the no sugar, no alcohol, no fun resolutions for today. If ever you needed a night out or a BIG bar of chocolate, it’s on Blue Monday. We say, treat yo-self! Meanwhile, according to the Office of National Statistics, we’re all drinking less than a decade ago (you go girl!) and 21% of us aren’t drinking at all, so we vote you get a day off.
Let’s go outside
Move aside yoga, the new hipster fitness craze of 2018 iiiisss… walking in the great outdoors. Hold on, stick with us here, we’re going somewhere with this. The latest in mindful exercise, we say enjoy an afternoon of what the Japanese are calling shinrin-yuko, or ‘forest bathing’ this Blue Monday. Studies say exercising outdoors increases immune cells and zen, without a child’s pose in sight. PLUS, you can get some great Insta snaps while you’re at it!
Break up with your phone
You love your phone more than life, right? If the answer is yes (obvs), it’s time to take a relationship time-out. New book by award-winning science journalist Catherine Price teaches us how to conquer your most toxic relationship (hint, it has nothing to do with your other half).
So put your phone down for the day and dive into How To Break Up With Your Phone, the must-read by Vitamania author Catherine Price. Before you know it, you’ll be able to form new memories, think deeply, focus and absorb information. Although, we can’t guarantee how much you’ll achieve in one day, it’s a start right?
Got any tips for beating a bad case of the Mondays? Help a girl out and comment below…