No one remembers when the tradition of Blue Monday started. Not the Manc classic dance track by New Order, but the idea of a January Monday being a scientifically-proven worst day of the year.
Yes, it’s apparently something to do with being really far from payday and really far from holidays or something.
But really, January’s a bit tough – weather, money and general good feeling all seem to be against us post-Christmas… until now.
If you believe the Blue Monday pseudoscience – or if you believe it’s a a load of crap – you’ll love this selection of brilliant stuff to lift the spirits on this January 16.
Get some light in your life
The Printworks will be turning frowns into smiles on Monday with a specially created ‘cheer up zone.’
Using special therapy lights that help the body produce less melatonin – a hormone that causes drowsiness at night – the entertainment complex will be shedding some light – starting on the most depressing day of the year.
To mark the occasion, The Printworks will also be playing iconic songs throughout the pump yard such as; Manic Monday by The Bangles, I Don’t Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats and of course Blue Monday by New Order.
Customers will also be able to lounge out on one of the deckchairs provided to fully unwind… perfect for a lunch break.
Once you’ve relaxed a little why not stop off for some food at one of the many restaurants on offer including; Hard Rock Cafe, Nandos, Busaba, Wagamama, and Chiquito. Beats the stress of going home and cooking, right?
For more information on The Printworks visit www.theprintworks.com or tweet @The_Printworks
Beat it with burgers
If it’s your bag, GBK isis giving away 4,000 lunches across the UK from 12pm.
To promote its new 15 minutes lunch menu, get to the nearest branch – Oldham,Spinningfields or Intu Trafford Centre – and join the queue.
If you miss out, GBK’s lunch menu starts at £5.95 for a 4oz burger and side served up in 15 minutes flat. And if your burger doesn’t arrive 15 minutes from ordering, GBK guarantees your next lunch on them.
Chop the blues with chilli
Get down to Busaba from 12-4pm and indulge in any one of the nine joy-inducing dishes for just 99p!
Chillies are well-known to release happiness-inducing hormones so those who are feeling particularly down can dive straight into fiery chilli prawn stir-fry, Songkhla red curry or vibrant ginger beef stir fry. Other dishes featured on the 99p menu include the classic Pad Thai, crabmeat fried rice, chargrilled chicken and green chicken curry.
Busaba’s usual generous portions, and all curries, stir fries and char-grilled dishes come accompanied with a complimentary side of rice for even more added value.
Sign up now via www.busaba.com/99p.
Embrace the blue
— DemurMagazine (@DemurMagazine) January 12, 2017
Little blue tokens, that is, as The Botanist is giving customers little Tokens Of Kindness which could win bubbles, boxes of Elizabeth Shaw orange and cameral crisp treats or cocktail masterclass vouchers.
And one very lucky customer at at Deansgate, Alderley Edge, and Knutsford could score themselves a Botanist chef and bartender in their own home serving them four mates with a live band to boot.
And here are some more tips for success…
Get some fresh air
OK, so being outside inn January could add to you gloom – but as exercise is good for your mental wellbeing, we suggest you give it a punt.
And if you’re going, take a mate – or the dog.
Recent findings from the PDSA revealed that over two million dogs are frequently left alone for five hours or more on a typical weekday. Loneliness and boredom in dogs can lead to frustration and destructive behaviour – which means your best gear could be munched.
Decide to be happy
“By labelling negativity as bad, we provide it with more fuel. By changing our perspective on negativity and the meaning behind it will undoubtedly have a positive effect on your life. Feeling down is not meant to hinder you, it is there to learn from, so embrace your negativity and move on,” he says.
Book a winter sun break
The summer months are the most popular time for sun holidays, but there are plenty of opportunities to escape to warmer, sunnier weather during the winter months.
Booking a sunny break can increase your levels of serotonin which can make you feel more calm and focused as well as making you feel more productive when you return to normal life.
“Holidays are a great way to break your stress cycle and promote positivity and there are some great savings to be made in the winter months”, explains Debbie Stevens from The Cruise Line The Cruise Line.
Or, if you’re broke… a staycation
If your bank balance doesn’t allow for an extravagant holiday abroad, why not book a long weekend away instead? If you are in need of a rural escape from city life, look out for some of the Greater Manchester countryside’s gems, like Dove Stone reservoir, Saddleworth Moor or even Chorlton Water Park.
Snuggle under the covers
It is ok to admit you are having a blue day, so don’t bother trying to fight it! Once you’ve finished work for the day, transform your bedroom into a tranquil sanctuary where you can take the time and rest you need
Stephen Volkins from Big Brand Beds has this sound advice. “Make sure it is dark and a comfortable temperature with a source of light air flow, and remove light sources like TVs and LED clocks.
“Take a tip from Feng Shui and make your room softly curved and coolly coloured – avoid sharp angles and dominant colour schemes in order to calm the mind and spirit for a really relaxing night’s sleep.”
Identify your negative thinking trigger
What sends your thinking into a spiral of negativity? Does seeing your friends going on great nights out on Facebook make you feel inadequate? Or perhaps you have some people in your life who are negative and that brings you down.
It could even be the news on the TV before bedtime that send you to bed feeling unsettled or bad. Once you know your triggers you can avoid them or cut down on them, advises NLP Master Trainers Karen Meager and John McLachlan from Monkey Puzzle Training.
Beat the blues with a brew
Tea has a range of psychological and physical health benefits that can improve your wellbeing. The fantastic drink has been used for centuries across the world to help with relaxation, improve spirituality, nourishment and healing and speciality teas have a range of exciting ingredients that promote health.
“Studies reveal that tea can increase blood flow, lower anxiety and improve sleep quality and blends such as peppermint, rooibos and green can fight against insomnia, regulate blood sugar and stimulate your metabolism”, explains Paresh Thakkar, founder of Oteas.
Challenge the rut
Carla Watson and Shelley La Mancusa, authors of Getting Out of a Rut suggest that the only way to combat self-improvement is to concentrate on who and what you surround yourself with.
“It is hard enough sometimes for us to get out of bed in the mornings and shower ourselves with compliments, without the aid of other people commenting on the choices you make. A supportive network of friends and family is vital to achieving inner happiness and avoid negativity,” explains Carla and Shelley.