Positive ways to get through this year’s Blue Monday

Blue Monday is the third Monday each January, when the high of the New Year begins to wear off, and is said to be the most depressing day of the year for countries in the Northern Hemisphere. For 2017, Blue Monday is January 16.

Whether you believe that Blue Monday is a real concept or not, there’s no denying that for most of us, late January is when we start to slack on our resolutions, skip the gym, and generally feel a little less inspired.

If you’re in that boat, here are our tips on how to stay stoked this Blue Monday.

Eat a healthy breakfast

Healthy breakfasts can be tasty, too. Photo: Pexels

Healthy breakfasts can be tasty, too. Photo: Pexels

If you know ahead of time that Blue Monday may be a day you’re just not feeling it, plan a healthy, hearty breakfast to start your day off right.

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You’ll be prepared for the day ahead, and you’ll get to flex your cooking muscles.

Make time for friends

Weather permititng, a beach bonfire is a great way to connect with friends this Blue Monday. Photo: Courtesy of Pexels

Weather permititng, a beach bonfire is a great way to connect with friends this Blue Monday. Photo: Pexels

Some of the workforce will have this Monday off in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. If you’re one of the lucky ones, schedule time to see your friends.

Many people rely on spontaneous interactions to see their friends, but there’s no harm in scheduling out an adult playdate. You’ll get to see your best buds, and you’ll have something to look forward to. If you must got to work, arrange a lunch date with your work pals.

Spend time on your hobbies

If you don't have the day off, try fitting in your pursuit of happiness in before or after work hours. Photo: Courtesy of Timur Saglambilek/Pexels

If you don’t have the day off, try fitting in your pursuit of happiness before or after work hours. Photo: Courtesy of Timur Saglambilek/Pexels

Whether this means getting a quick session in at your local skate park, or doing some extra work on the tiny home you’re constructing, make an effort to spend a little time doing an activity that brings you joy.

Visualize what makes you grateful

Write it down, post it up. Recognize whatever keeps you stoked in life. Photo: Courtesy of Pexels

Write it down, post it up. Recognize whatever keeps you stoked in life. Photo: Pexels

Blue Monday may have you down in the dumps. Maybe you think you haven’t achieved all that you need to.

Try taking a moment to appreciate what you have.

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Some people make lists. Others use vision boards. Whatever your style, take 10 minutes on Blue Monday and think deeply about what you’re grateful for, what you have in life and what makes every day worthwhile.

Chances are, many of the things that bring great joy to you are already in your life.