27 things to boost your mood when you’re feeling a bit blue
Posted on 16th January 2023 at 12:35
Whether you believe the science behind blue Monday or not, there’s no denying that this point in January can leave you feeling a bit, well, blue.
The sun is still gone by the time we log off work, it's cold and raining a lot of the time, and the magic of Christmas already feels like a thing of the past (although our bank accounts don't always seem to reflect that). Alone, a rainy day might not be enough to bring you down, but when lots of these factors feel true over a prolonged period of time, it can leave you feeling low, anxious and sometimes depressed.
Like many things, these feelings are best stopped in their tracks before they can manifest into something more serious.
So, if you’re feeling blue today (or any day) pick one of the activities below that you like the sound of and give it a go! It might be just the boost you need to get yourself back on track...
Wear something bright, colourful or something that just makes you feel great
Invite someone to a walking meeting rather than talking in the office
Take 5 minutes out of your day to practise deep breathing
Find a free yoga tutorial on YouTube and give it a go
Text a friend to invite them over for a coffee and a catch up after work
Start a new book - one that's been on your list forever to read!
Tick a job off of your to do list
Turn the radio on or listen to some of your favourite music
Schedule a call with a family member or friend to check in
Plan and prepare your favourite meal for dinner tonight
Go for a walk around the block or the park on your lunch break
Treat yourself to a fancy coffee
Enjoy a hot, relaxing bubble bath when you get home from the office
Watch your favourite movie or TV series while snuggled under a blanket
Get out the house - even if it’s just to pop to the shop for milk or a bar of chocolate
Read a self care book
Get an early night
Sign up to an exercise class or workshop
Listen to a feel good podcast - I quite enjoy Fearne Cotton’s ‘Happy Place’ when I need a boost
Decorate your office with a bunch of flowers - even a £1 pack of daffodils can brighten your day no end
Share a smile with someone who might be feeling the same way you are
Spend some time with your pet
Watch a funny video or comedy show to get you laughing
Give an old hobby another go
Go out and do something after work rather than going straight home and putting your pyjamas on
Plan out a task or something thats feeling a bit overwhelming at the moment
Book a holiday or something really exciting to look forwards to
All of these activities should give you that little serotonin boost you need to start feeling yourself again. If you’d like some support or further help though please reach out to one of our counsellors. We’re here to help.
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