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Smile through the Monday blues

15th January 2018

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Today may be Blue Monday but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t power through the day feeling positive and content. The annual concept was conceived by a PR company in 2005, exaggerated by the dismal winter weather, post Christmas blues, and new year pressures. It was eventually popularised to become the media focused day it is today. Even though Blue Monday is shrouded in negativity it doesn’t mean you should be influenced into thinking this way too.

To help you beat those typical Monday blues, and become motivated for the week ahead we’ve gathered our top tips below.

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Weekend wind down
On the weekends we’re sometimes guilty of overworking ourselves, lists of household tasks, DIY and admin fill our busy schedules. Although they need to be completed we run the risk of burning out, even before we’ve reached Monday morning. Spend the start of the weekend winding down, re energizing and relaxing, even plan something fun to do. Weekends are the perfect time to breathe in some fresh air and go for a walk, enjoying nature. A break from technology and gentle exercise are all proven to boost your mood.

Start Monday with a plan of attack
Monday mornings can sometimes be a bit of a rush, that’s why it’s always a good idea to take a little time out on Sunday to prepare for the week ahead. Write a to-do list for the week, whether that’s small household tasks, errands to run or important admin that has to be completed. This enables you to free up space around the necessary tasks to take time out for yourself or plan something lovely with friends and family. Even doing the weekly essentials shop and preparing meals on a Sunday frees up more time in the week. Doing small tasks like this helps you to feel in control of the week and motivated, ready to take on Monday.

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Routine
January is the best time to establish a new routine. Keeping a regular momentum throughout both the working week and weekend helps you to keep level headed and prepared, even entering Monday morning. Simple methods such as waking at a regular hour, cooking meals at set times and remembering to take time-out to relax and unwind at the end of each day helps to maintain a healthy mentality.

Brighten your day with blooms
Spring may feel like a long time away however there’s no reason why you shouldn’t fill your home with beautiful blooms now. Flowers are proven to increase the feeling of happiness, improving your mood and overall wellness. Fresh colours, soft scents and the suggestion of the outdoors creates a sense of calm and serenity in the home. Why not boost your mood throughout the winter months and indulge in a flower subscription service, for example Bloom and Wild, a wonderful brand where you can have beautiful fresh blooms delivered through your letterbox weekly or fortnightly. A great idea to boost good vibes this blue Monday.

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Smile and don’t be influenced
It’s the beginning of a new year and there’s so much to look forward to in months ahead, January is just the start. Plan ahead and get stuck into things that make you smile. We’re under so much pressure to have new year resolutions and stick by them, the trick is to take one step at a time in making changes and be patient. Take time out for yourself and just smile through the day.