Beat The Blues On Blue Monday

girl thinking about monday blues

Word on the web these days is that Blue Monday is today, January 18th. What’s Blue Monday you say? We asked the same thing. It’s supposedly the most depressing day of the year because you probably have already failed your New Years Resolutions, all of your Christmas bills have come due and the weather is dreadful. But have no fear! We have the solutions so that your Blue Monday is bursting with yellow happies, bright sunshine, little singing birds, and unicorns running through bright green meadows. Here. We. Go.

Word on the web these days is that Blue Monday is today, January 18th. What’s Blue Monday you say? We asked the same thing. It’s supposedly the most depressing day of the year because you probably have already failed your New Years Resolutions, all of your Christmas bills have come due and the weather is dreadful. But have no fear! We have the solutions so that your Blue Monday is bursting with yellow happies, bright sunshine, little singing birds, and unicorns running through bright green meadows. Here. We. Go.

Take a walk

Yes, I know January in Alabama means “freezing” cold temperatures and cloudy skies, but taking a stroll doesn’t necessarily have to be outdoors. If you can grin and bear it and bundle up a bit, a few breaths of fresh air may do you some good, but even a walk around the office or up a flight a stairs or something to get your blood pumping could really lift your spirits. Anything more than just a trip to the restroom here and there. It’s still the new year…and I know you made a fitness resolution. Now, get up.

Turn on some tunes

I may be speaking for myself, but nothing changes my mood faster than some music that I love and, even better, music that takes me back through some nostalgia. I’m a sucker for the jams that remind me of high school or those summers we spent at the pool harassing the lifeguards. On a freezing cold, gloomy day what more could you ask for than songs that take you back to basking in the scorching hot sun lathered in tanning oil? The answer here is simply nothing. Viva la summer.

Change your desktop background

Step 1: Navigate to Google.com. Step 2: Type in “paradise” or some other place with magical, warm, and relaxing powers. Step 3: Set as your desktop background.

If you’re really wanting to maximize the results of this one, set up a second (or third) monitor and leave nothing but your desktop background showing. Boom. Paradise not lost.

Change your surroundings

You probably can’t actually leave work unless you work for one of those super awesome, flexible companies that allows you to work from home, you’ve found one of the best survey apps and make money online or a coffee shop or whatever, but we thought it was moral to act like you’re leaving the office and changing your surroundings by using this nifty little site kind of like these jokers that think they have come up with a scientific “most depressing day of the year.” It’s only fair. With Coffitivity, you’re instantly transported to a coffee shop with light cafe noise and you can even have your tunes playing on top of that as well. Helloooo instant Starbucks!

Make a friend

This one should probably suggest hugging someone instead since 10 hugs a day improves quality of life, but that’s totally frowned upon at work. Don’t do that. Please don’t. But it’s a well-known fact that having a short chat with someone that you share common interest with boosts morale and of course having a non-work conversation for a few minutes at work hits the reset button on productivity. Don’t like anyone you work with? Hmmm. Maybe spend a few minutes on Facebook where everyone pretends you’re best friends even though you haven’t seen each other or had contact since high school. Something’s bound to make you feel a little better.

So there you go! You are now equipped to fight Blue Monday! We wish you the happiest Monday January 18th of your life!

Valerie is a self-proclaimed word nerd, with a passion for the English language. She can not only dot the I's and cross the T's, but can also tell you what big words mean (and even use them in a sentence). She uses her communication skills to build strong relationships with current and potential clients – and usually does so while sitting underneath a blanket, sipping hot tea. When she's not working, she's probably cleaning and organizing everything – yes, everything, probably even your house.
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