Banish Blue Monday

Where did Blue Monday Come from?

‘Blue Monday’ originated in 2004 when a British Psychologist, Cliff Arnall, discovered that the 3rd Monday in January (17th) is the most depressing day of the year.

At this time of year, the weather is bleak and miserable, debt levels are at their highest and generally people are at their lowest. The Christmas and New Year’s celebrations are over, it’s back to work and back to reality!

But it doesn’t have to be like this.

There are still plenty of things we can do to overcome Blue Monday and give you a reason to smile.

Treat Yo Self

Something that I’m sure everyone can agree on is that we all love a little ‘retail therapy’ now and then. In fact, it’s scientifically proven to reduce sadness. Trust us.

Your bank account might be a little dry from those nights out over Christmas and buying gifts for your loved ones. BUT it doesn’t have to be big or expensive. It can be as small as grabbing a coffee and a cake from your favourite place, or buying a new outfit. Take advantage of the MP.com January sale and grab yourself some absolute bargains across the site!

Chill out and relax

As we all know the weather at this time of the year isn’t the best. HOWEVER there are still plenty of things to do in the comfort of your own home.

Something that everyone loves, and everyone needs is to just sit back and relax with a hot drink of and binge watch a netflix series. Whether that’s alone, with a friend or your significant other, everyone needs some time to be lazy in bed or on the couch with their pyjamas or perhaps even MPs rest day range

The year is just getting started and there is plenty to look forward to, so on this depressing Monday take some time to do nothing, because you’ve earned it!

Exercise and be active

However, if you can’t sit still for long, another brilliant way to beat that Blue Monday feeling is getting your heart rate up.

Exercise is an amazing way to relieve stress and get those endorphins flowing. Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators, so whether that’s getting a heavy lifting session in, smashing a cheeky HIIT workout or even just a 20 minute at home workout with our range of workout accessories 

Fresh Air

Now although the weather can be pretty dull, fresh air is fresh air and sometimes it’s just what the body and mind needs. Getting outside even just for 30 minutes will give your brain and body more oxygen leading to an increase in serotonin, the neurotransmitter that regulates your mood.

Whether you’re going for a tough 10k to push yourself to you limits or even just a light jog or short walk to clear your mind, make sure you get outside and breathe in that sweet fresh air. If you are worried about the cold, why not check out our woollen hats  or our range of mens or womens jackets to protect you from the cold!

At this time depressing time of the year, it gets dark really early, so make sure you are kitted out in our reflective Velocity range, to keep you more visible and safer in the dark

So however blue you might be feeling, there’s always a way to turn it around.

Jacob Manborde

Jacob Manborde

Writer and expert