With Christmas over, the weather miserable and motivation for new years resolutions dwindling (plus the fact it’s a Monday), the 17th of January is set to be the saddest day of the year. Or in other words, Blue Monday. We don’t know about you, but we’re not ready to just accept that. So, here are a few ways you can lift spirits this Blue Monday ✨
Create a playlist of uplifting songs
It’s a well known fact that music can have a positive impact on your mood. So to help lift the spirits of customers and employees, consider creating a playlist of uplifting songs in advance of Blue Monday. Here are 100 uplifting songs from Spotify, for those of you needing a starting point.
Plan something to look forward to
Whether it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, a holiday, or an event for your team to enjoy; take Blue Monday as an excuse to get it booked. Give yourself and those around you something to look forward to.
Make it marvellous Monday
Treat Blue Monday as any other seasonal event. They’re usually something to look forward to, right? So why not go against the grain and plan something special for the ‘most depressing day of the year’. Take the opportunity to flip Blue Monday on its head and give your customers something to look forward to.
Let’s face it, a discount or freebie is a good mood booster, so you may want to think about running a promotion. No matter what your industry is, there’s something you can do. Here are a few ideas:
- Kids eat free this Blue Monday
- A free drink with every main meal on Blue Monday
- 15% off any purchase made on Blue Monday
- A free gift when you make an instore purchase on Blue Monday
- No joining fee when you sign up to the gym on Blue Monday
- Get 50% off your next a round of golf when you play on Blue Monday
Make more of the outdoors
There’s a good reason why ‘nature’ was the theme for 2021’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Being outdoors can have a huge positive impact on our mental health – here Mind explains exactly what those benefits are. Consider offering your team a slightly longer break so they can take a lunchtime stroll. Or where you can, bring the outdoors in and add a bit more greenery to your decor.
Take more time to chat
We’re all guilty of running at 100 miles an hour, so take the time to stop and chat to your colleagues, customers, friends and family. An impromptu catch up could be all it takes to brighten what’s said to be the dullest day of the year.
Make some time for yourself
Last, but by no means least, make some time for yourself. There’s a lot to be said for a bit of ‘me time’, so why not take that extra half an hour this Blue Monday. If you need more convincing, here are 5 health benefits of taking time for yourself.
And that’s a wrap…
We hope these quick wins help you lift spirits and make next Monday more brilliant than blue. If you have any mood boosting tips that you’d like to share, then let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to add them to our list.