15 Alternative Pick Me Ups for this Blue Monday
Today is Blue Monday so we decided to put this list together and help you shake it off and turn that frown around!
According to some considered person, Blue Monday has been calculated by formula, yes it’s supposedly based on the weather plus your debt multiplied by the time since Christmas squared by the time since failing our New Year’s resolutions all divided by our low motivational level yadda yadda yadda. Well if that hasn’t given you a headache, guess what, it’s today!
Whether you believe the science or not, there’s no mistaking that at this time of year it’s hard to get the motivation to turn the ship around in the right direction to that wonderful time known as summer. Here’s a list of pick me ups – some small, some large, to start to do today get the ship back on route and away from the iceberg.
1. Be Grateful
Think how lucky we really are and write a list of ten things that you are truly grateful for, your mood will perk up immediately – think deep not just the obvious.
2. Practice Mindfulness
Make a cup of tea and sit somewhere peaceful and just ‘be’ for ten. Relax, close your eyes, breathe, listen to the sounds, clear the mind, recharge.
3. Walk the Walk
Go for a walk, be present and enjoy the season that is winter. A good old stroll through Dublin Town can clear anyone’s head. Take a look at all there is on offer in our fair city, from buildings to art, see what great little treasures you can find.
4. Hit the Gym
Well we all know the benefits of the gym – as they say “Just Fkn Do It” – you know you’ll feel so, so much better for it, both now and when you’re on the beach. How rewarding is it to feel yourself getting fitter. No pain, no gain.
5. Practice Random Acts of Kindness
to help take the focus off yourself, do something kind for a stranger with no reward or praise, be selfless just ‘cause you can 😉
6. Eat Healthy
start small by grabbing some almonds and an apple for this afternoon’s crash, then plan something healthy for dinner, and voila before you know it you’re already sorting out the week’s nourishing meals!
7. Go Green
get a plant for the office to add some colour and life, bring the outside in and help filter pollutants and ozone, great for the stuffy air-conditioned office.
8. Stretch to Yoga
take a class to unwind and invigorate the body and mind, you will be thankful that you are taking care of yourself without going to the extremes of sloth or boot-camp. The Dublin Holistic Centre has Yoga classes.
9. Open the Curtains
Let there be light -– it’s a fact that natural light increases our mood, reduces SADs and keeps our circadian rhythm happy. I know it’s freezing out but the sun is still shining up there a lot of the time.
10. Eat the Frog
Practice eating the frog! By doing the least favourite thing you have to do today first, and the rest will seem a piece of cake, or piece of frog!
11. Get in the Team Spirit
organise an event with your work colleges such as the Tough Mudder to build teamwork and test all round strength, stamina and mental grit. Also to have a good laugh at each other.
12. Look Forward to something
Plan something interesting, give yourself something to look forward to at the end of the day – ring a friend to meet up for a movie, a chat, a run, some grub, whatever tickles your fancy ….
13. Get Organised
Start small, de-clutter your work desk, you’ll appreciate working in a fresh new space and this may inspire you to tackle the bigger nastier tasks.
14. Design a Routine
Put structure in your life, plan a weekly routine so you can add balance to your life and achieve more, which in turn increases happiness.
15. Do the Do
Do one thing that you have to do and have been putting off and off. As hard as it is, the sense of accomplishment and head-space will be well worth it.