Today is Blue Monday, supposedly the most depressing day of the year. But, whether or not you’re feeling a bit glum today, it’s safe to say that January can leave us feeling a little blue. With Christmas long gone leaving an empty spot where a tree used to be and pay day taking longer than ever to arrive it’s no wonder that we’re all struggling to put a smile on our faces. However, when you have children in tow there is no time to feel sorry for yourself, so here are our top 5 tips on how to cheer yourself up!
Take a bubble bath
Once the kids have gently drifted off into the land of nod why not run yourself a bath filled with big fluffy bubbles? Light a candle, bring a magazine and maybe a glass of wine for the ultimate relaxation! It doesn’t have to be long but studies have shown that those who lay horizontally in the bath every night are more optimistic and positive.
Schedule Some Cuddle Time
Whether it’s cuddling up to your partner watching Netflix, snuggling up to a pet or those oh so wonderful hugs with your little one, cuddles are guaranteed to make you smile. In fact, it is proven, that prolonged cuddles release oxytocin (the ‘happy’ chemical) into your brain. We recommend switching off your phone and really taking the time to enjoy this moment with the ones you love.
Cook Family Meal
Now, we’re not talking about one of those rushed mid-week dinners that take 15 minutes, but a deliciously slow cooked and hearty meal that the whole family love. There is nothing better than a warming delicious meal in the cold weather and combining this with sitting at the table and spending quality time with your most loved ones, will have you smiling in no time. If that’s not enough when everyone tells you how great it tasted, you’ll be left feeling proud and a little bit smug!
Get Some Exercise
We all know that working up a sweat is good for our heart and body but it also releases endorphins (happy hormones) into our body! But, exercise doesn’t have to mean long and laborious trips to the gym! If you’re feeling stressed why not do a quick yoga session in your living room? Or take the kids for a walk through the park? If they can ride a bike a nice long cycle through the woods is always a lovely family activity. You may not look forward to it, but you’ll feel much happier once it’s over.
Read a Book
The escapism of a book is the ideal therapy for beating those January blues. If real-life is feeling a little dull right now, then get your head into a great fictional story and take half an hour to escape into a different world. If non-fiction is more your thing then try reading up on the latest Hygge trend, based on enjoying the simple things in life, it is perfect for this time of year.
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