How to beat Blue Monday

So it’s Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year. Welcome.

As we see it, there are two ways to play it.

Either you wallow in the blueness of the day – see it as a bone fide opportunity to bitch and moan to your heart’s content (which let’s face it, could be quite fun) – or you do one or more of the following to cheer yourself up.

Buy something for yourself

As in for you, not the baby. We’ve got some great beauty suggestions here… or otherwise what about rocking the Russian look War and Peace style with a beautiful Bolshoi scarf from Anthropologie. (£68).

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Book or plan something

The summer holiday might be too much of an ordeal to sort today… we’re thinking a cinema trip or a hair appointment or a cooking lesson (Jamie Oliver’s Recipease is fun).

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It’s needs to be something you can look forward to but isn’t too much of a hassle to arrange (or cancel!). We ‘ve booked a free trial pilates class with Jane at Baby-a-Wake, who runs classes for pre and postnatal women  but would also be content with a takeaway tonight.

Have you called on Deliveroo yet?!

Go somewhere

We’ve banged on about the uplifting effects of fresh air before

Even if it’s just for a half an hour spin, get yourself (and the baby) out of the house for a hot chocolate. Maybe today is the perfect opportunity to indulge in that muffin or cookie you always deny yourself?

Achieve something

We’re not suggesting you read Marie Kondo’s The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying from cover to cover but you might like to take a leaf from her book and sort out that drawer of miscellaneous crap in the kitchen.

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Or cancel a few online subscriptions you can live without. Or change electricity supplier for a better deal.

However small, you’ll feel so good about yourself afterward doing something proactive.

Surprise someone

Call that long lost friend who you can never get off the phone; smile at the postman; ask your partner how their day was (before handing them the baby). See it as your way of putting some karma back into the pot.

Look after yourself

If you’re really not happy at the moment, take steps to work out why. Get in some extra help this week if you need some time to decalibrate.

Call or go to see someone (your mum, a friend, your GP, a counsellor). Read our inspiring articles on postnatal depression.

You’re doing a fantastic job. Motherhood is the hardest thing in the world and there’s absolutely no shame in asking for help.

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