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Navigating Mondays: Finding Motivation in the Midst of January Blues

As we settle into the new year, January often brings a peculiar phenomenon known as "Blue Monday."

This day, typically falling on the third Monday of January, is touted as the most depressing day of the year. Whether it's the post-holiday slump, cold weather, or the realisation of New Year resolutions slipping away, the reasons behind Blue Monday are numerous. However, instead of succumbing to the blues, let's explore how we can find motivation and inspiration to navigate through this challenging day.

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1. Understanding Blue Monday:

Blue Monday was initially coined as part of a marketing campaign, but the concept resonated with many who experienced a collective post-holiday dip in mood. While the science behind designating a specific day as the most depressing is questionable, it serves as a reminder that many people do face challenges in January. However, I am here to tell you it's just another Monday. Take blue Monday with a pinch of salt!

2. Acknowledge and Accept Feelings:

It's okay to feel a bit down during this time. Acknowledge your feelings and understand that you're not alone. The post-holiday period can bring a mix of emotions, and it's crucial to accept them without judgment. Find something that makes you laugh today, do something you love.

3. Reflect on Achievements:

Instead of dwelling on perceived failures or unmet resolutions, take time to reflect on your achievements, no matter how small. Celebrate the victories, and recognise the progress you've made since the beginning of the year.

4. Set Realistic Goals:

Reevaluate your New Year's resolutions and adjust them if needed. Setting realistic, achievable goals can help you regain a sense of control and motivation. Break larger goals into smaller, manageable steps.

5. Connect with Others:

Reach out to friends, family, or colleagues. Share your feelings and listen to theirs. Connection is a powerful antidote to the feelings of isolation that can accompany the January blues.

6. Embrace Positive Habits:

Cultivate positive habits that contribute to your well-being. Whether it's exercise, meditation, or simply spending time outdoors, incorporating these practices into your routine can uplift your mood. Remember small consistent changes are how you achieve your goals.

7. Plan for the Future:

Use Blue Monday as an opportunity to plan and look forward. Set exciting days out, day nights, family trips for the upcoming months.


Blue Monday might cast a temporary shadow, but it doesn't have to define our entire month or year. By understanding the origins of this concept and implementing positive strategies, we can turn this day into an opportunity for reflection, growth, and renewed motivation. Let's face the challenges of January together, supporting one another and emerging stronger on the other side.

Remember, a positive mindset can transform even the bluest Monday into a stepping stone toward a brighter future. Have an amazing day.


Kerry x

P.S. If you just want to pull the duvet back over your head and go back to sleep. You do you :-)

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