Blue Monday (17th Jan) is allegedly the most depressing day of the year. Understandably, tightened purse strings following the festive splurge, time passed since Christmas and failed new year resolutions is not a combination for happiness – but why is the third Monday in January apparently the worst day of the year?
The third Monday of January is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. Whether you believe that or not, the long nights, cold weather and trying to keep to new year resolutions are all probably getting to you a little by now. To make matters worse many will still be recovering from their Christmas spending, so how can you make today – and the rest of January – a little better for you and your wallet?
Well, if times are tight, a little extra in your pocket should make the month more bearable. Here are three easy ways to do just that.
- You can make some quick cash by switching your bank account to one with a bonus. Some banks are giving away up to £150 for moving your custom, while others offer cash back or high interest. Of course, it’s worth checking you won’t lose out in other ways such as high overdraft fees. If you’re likely to go into the red you might be better off switching to a bank with lower fees or even a small interest-free overdraft.
- What’s up in the loft? Or under the bed? If you aren’t sure it probably means you don’t need it – and that’s a sign you should try to sell it. If there’s the potential for it to be rare or part of a collection it’s worth seeking specialist advice. Otherwise, head to a boot fair or list it online. Just don’t forget to factor in costs such as postage or fees.
- Did you decide to stop smoking this year? Or was it drinking for a month? Whatever your resolution don’t just think about the health benefits as it could also be helping your bank balance. The average smoker lights up 12 cigarettes a day, adding up to nearly £150 in January. Having five fewer pints of beer or glasses of wine each week could easily save you £100 this month.
Here are some top tips to cheer up your blue Monday…
1. Have a cup of positivi-TEA – Yes, a good ol’ cup of tea. Perhaps kick start your day with a cup of chamomile tea which is said to help calm anxiety.
2. Read a self-care book – Reading books to help you may help you to reduce stress and anxiety, and generally feel calmer and happier, plus they may help you to feel as though you are working towards a specific goal.
3. Wear something colourful – It’s no secret, colour can be a mood booster, they can also help you feel more confident and radiant.
4. Buy flowers – for you, or someone else. Because bringing a smile to someone else is what life is all about. Someone might be feeling more blue than you, so this is something you can do to bring a smile to both of your faces.
5. Book a holiday! Having something to look forward to, or even to aim to save for! Our co-operative travel have some fantastic offers on right now and all holidays are 100% financially secure, so there is no stress involved whatsoever! Click here to find out more.
6. Listen to a podcast – Similar to a self-help book, a podcast could be easier to fit into your day as you can listen whilst carrying out your day to day tasks.
7. Create some ‘me’ time – The link between stress and skin is undeniable, and you might find yourself with dull, dry skin this Blue Monday – which is why an evening pamper could be just what the Doctor ordered. Before you go to sleep, light a scented candle and enjoy a long soak in the bath. Afterwards, it’s all about the skin care, why not try a nice night cream to revitalise your skin’s appearance and help induce a more restful sleep while also targeting signs of ageing.
8. Catch up with your loved ones – One of the easiest ways to boost your mood is to catch up with family and friends. Whether a one-on-one chat on the phone or FaceTime, or a Zoom call with all of your favourite people, speaking to your loved ones is a sure-fire way to feel happier this Blue Monday.