10 Ways to Make your Blue Monday Less Blue

The 18th of January is deemed as ‘Blue Monday’, the most depressing day of the year (however, after the past ten months, we believe there’s some stiff competition). Whilst there’s no scientific evidence that this is true, it’s understandable if you’re feeling a little down today.

In need of a little pick-me-up? As always, we’ve got some ideas to help – ten, in fact.

1. Wake up in some fresh, super soft bedding.

We’d go as far to say that the feeling of arising from a sumptuous slumber in the perfect linens is almost euphoric, especially now it’s starting to get lighter in the mornings.

blue monday bed linen Catherine Lansfield Two Tone Duvet Cover Set
Catherine Lansfield Two Tone Duvet Cover Set – £35

 2. Buy some sexy lingerie, even if it’s just for yourself.

You may feel solace and comfort sporting the same old bra and briefs, but we guarantee treating yourself to a fresh, matching set is even better. Plus, it makes you feel like you’ve got your life together.

blue monday sexy lingerie noelle wolf Black Soul Lace Body
Noelle Wolf Black Soul Lace Body – £79

3. Start your day with some reenergising-yet-calming yoga.

Feel more zen in minutes, the endorphin rush is worth the early start – we assure you.

blue monday myga rubber yoga mat
Myga Rubber Yoga Mat – £49

4. Fresh lighting leads the way.

It’s time to elevate your aesthetics with some new lights. Invest in a desk lamp to take your home office to the next level, and make nighttime reading that bit easier, too.

blue monday desk lamp Decortie Black/Copper Table Light
Decortie Black/Copper Table Light – £54

5. Take the time to make yourself a fancy coffee.

We all have a favourite mug, so be sure to use that one (we won’t tell anyone your drink is Irish). Or, why not buy yourself a new one? Self-gifting is always a good idea…

blue monday mug Tatty Devine Gin Mug
Tatty Devine Gin Mug – £13.50

6. A hint of slumber is just what you need.

Accompanied with silk? Perfection. Ensure your lie-ins are even better with a quality sleep mask. However, don’t blame us when you end up oversleeping for work.

blue monday Cocoonzzz Mulberry Silk Eye Mask
Cocoonzzz Mulberry Silk Eye Mask – £21

7. If we must work from home, stay cosy in cashmere.

Staying in your pyjamas can feel tempting, however it isn’t always Zoom call appropriate. The next best thing? Wrapping up in some cashmere. This luxe hoody is both comfortable and stylish, and no-one will notice if you don’t wear a bra underneath.

Blue Monday no. eleven Grey Cashmere Blend Zip Hoody
No. Eleven Grey Cashmere Blend Zip Hoody – £79

8. Reignite your love of home-baking.

If you’re feeling nostalgic for the days of Lockdown One banana bread, or simply have a bit of a sweet tooth, you can end your day baking your all-time favourite cake or cookies. Licking the bowl at the end is a guaranteed mood booster.

blue monday jamie oliver set of 4 cake tins
Jamie Oliver Set of 4 Mini Springform Cake Tins – £17.50

9. Start a bullet journal

Not had a chance to set your New Year’s Resolutions yet? We recommend starting a bullet journal. It’s a great way to get creative, as well as making your to-do list feel less daunting.

blue monday moleskine A4 ruled notebook hard cover
Moleskine A4 Ruled Notebook Hard Cover – £15

10. Call a loved one – it’s OK not to be OK.

Frankly, if you don’t feel like doing anything today, that’s absolutely fine too. What we do suggest – if you’re struggling – is to reach out to a loved one for a chat. Or you can get in touch with a charity like Samaritans on 116 123 for a conversation.

Words: Maria Loizou