Tips to combat Blue Monday the most depressing day of the year The Sun

Tips to combat Blue Monday the most depressing day of the year The Sun


BLUE Monday is said to be the saddest day of the year when many of us feel a lull in our emotions.

In 2022, the day falls on January 17. Here we explain some ways to help not get you down.

 Blue Monday can bring some of us down

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Blue Monday can bring some of us downCredit: Alamy

What are the best tips to combat Blue Monday and give my mood a boost?

Blue Monday iscalculated using a series of factors in a (not particularly scientific) mathematical formula.

These are: the weather, debt level, the amount of time since Christmas, time since failing our New Year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and the feeling of needing to take charge of the situation.

It was originally conceived by a PR company but has now become a widely recognised annual event.

The day has since been coined the most depressing day of the year – but thankfully there are several things you can do the combat feeling sluggish and blue.

1. Remember you are in control

First and foremost, it is important to remember that you are in control.

Blue Monday was determined by a PR firm and many companies play into the theme of January being a depressing month.

Keep reminding yourself that you have the power to change how you feel.

2. Get some sun

Take advantage of the sunshine, if you can.

Go for a walk on your lunch break or try a new outdoor activity to boost your vitamin D levels.

Even just a short 15-minute burst could have a real impact.

3. Exercise

Another way you can combat Blue Monday is to do some exercise.

Whether it is going for a run or taking a class at a gym, moving your body releases endorphins and can help boost your mood.

Personal trainer Andy Ward advises that exercise is a great tonic to feeling down, and it’s best to avoid binge-eating and shunning your mates.

He said: “Squeeze in 30 minutes of exercise. It could be a fast walk, a light jog, a relaxing swim, or an intense HIIT class – just move for thirty minutes to feel the benefits.

“There are dozens of different fitness classes available. January is a great time to take up new hobbies and meet new people.”

4. Watch a mood boosting film

While it is easy for people to recommend fitness for making yourself feel good, sometimes that’s the last thing you want to do.

Instead, why not try watching a feel-good film to make you smile.

Pick one of your favourites, or a classic you have never seen, and sit back and relax.

5. Talk it out

Finally, connect with people around you.

This could be giving to others in whatever way you feel – whether it’s a smile, a “thank you”, or a kind word.

However, if you are struggling with feelings of depression over a long period, you should speak to your doctor, or a trusted family member or friend.

Mental health charity Mind is derisive of the notion of Blue Monda

y, claiming the concept has no foundation in scientific research.

A statement on their websites says: “Here at Mind, we think its dangerously misleading.

“Those of us who live with depression know that those feelings arent dictated by the date.

“Implying that they are perpetuates the myth that depression is just ‘feeling a bit down’, something that doesnt need to be taken seriously.”

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123, or visitMinds website.

Mood boosting films for Blue Monday

Sometimes a good film makes for a brilliant mood-booster. Kyle Entwistle, Film Content Manager at Vue Entertainment has put together a top 10 list of feel good films that are sure to make you feel less gloomy.

<strong>Bridesmaids (2011) </strong></p>
<p>A brilliant and pant-wettingly funny comedy guaranteed to pick you up</p>
<p><strong>Superbad (2007) </strong></p>
<p>So many great lines and a true depiction of friendship</p>
<p><strong>Before Sunrise (1995)</strong></p>
<p>One of the greatest romance films in the history of cinema. Intelligent, passionate and unmissable</p>
<p><strong>Up (2009)</strong></p>
<p>Guaranteed to make you cry within the first heartbreaking 10 minutes, Up with having you sobbing with joy by the end</p>
<p><strong>The Shawshank Redemption (1994)</strong></p>
<p>Not only one of the greatest films of all time, but a truly life-affirming tale of hope</p>
<p><strong>Mary Poppins (1964)</strong></p>
<p>A classic in the true sense, Poppins fills you with joy, from the smile thats impossible to wipe down to your toe-tapping feet</p>
<p><strong>Rocky (1976)</strong></p>
<p>The greatest underdog story in cinematic history, prepare to shout and pump your fist for the Italian Stallion</p>
<p><strong>As Good As it Gets (1997)</strong></p>
<p>The kind of film you wish you could watch for the first time again and again, Jack Nicholson is simply brilliant in this lovely dramedy</p>
<p><strong>When Harry Met Sally (1989)</strong></p>
<p>A brilliant depiction of love and friendship, there is no better Rom-Com than When Harry Met Sally</p>
<p><strong>Coco (2017)</strong></p>
<p>You must see this offering from Pixar! The tale of a boy who enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, Coco is guaranteed to fill you with joy and happiness. Pre-book tickets here.</p>
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