Beat Blue Monday

Blue Monday – the truth

New Year Resolutions

Chances are you’ve already been told to brace yourself for ‘Blue Monday’. This isn’t the iconic tune from 80’s music legends New Order; rather it’s the most depressing day of the year. That’s right; a complex equation has scientifically proven that 16th January will be the worst day in the whole of 2017.

At least that was the theory put forward by psychologist Dr. Cliff Arnall. He determined that the third Monday of each new year was at the centre of a maelstrom of issues such as bad winter weather, post-Christmas debt and the time left until payday. Plus, when you consider that many people have already given up their new year’s resolutions it can make for a pretty bleak time.

How to feel better in January

The ‘science’ behind Dr Arnall’s equation has since been largely dismissed as a promotional stunt, created for the TV channel, Sky Travel. However, there is little doubt that this time of the year can be challenging for a number of reasons, whether they be financial or perhaps related to overindulgence in December. Here are some tips to help you feel better this January:

  • Eat well: Although you may feel like crawling under a duvet and gorging on biscuits and ice cream until spring – this will not make you feel better in the longer term. Eat a well-balanced and healthy diet, making sure to eat at least five portions of fresh fruit and vegetables a day.
  • Exercise more: What better time to start exercising? Okay, so you may not be convinced, but with the right clothing, winter is the perfect time to flex those muscles. Staying active is a great way getting into shape and shed those extra Christmas pounds.
  • Book a holiday: Give yourself something nice to look forward to by booking a holiday or event for the coming months. Confirmed plans are easier to get excited about and can help you get over the January blues.

January is a particularly common month to pick up coughs, colds and viruses, which can also make us feel down. To get cold & flu medications, head over to our range of cold and flu remedies to help fight viruses which are commonly spread during the festive period.

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