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Don’t despair, folks! Here’s 5 simple tips from The Speakmans to sprinkle a little sparkle, to your ‘Blue Monday’ on Monday 17th January, 2022.

1. PRACTISE GRATITUDE

Our thoughts create our feelings, so it’s really beneficial to practise gratitude and consider everything you’re grateful for. It’s easy to take things for granted but if you take a moment to consider gratitude and what you’d miss if you no longer had it, you will soon appreciate the roof over your head, the people around you, your pets, clothes, mobile phone, the fact you can love and be loved, sing, dance, hug & breathe.

2. BUT LUCKILY

These two simple words will change any negative into a positive, so if you catch yourself saying or thinking something negative, add ‘but luckily’. For example “it’s Blue Monday, but luckily tomorrow is a new day”.

3. BE KIND

We have heard this statement more and more in recent times, that being kind, or an act of kindness, can really help lift your mood. However, that act of kindness is also relevant to yourself, so don’t be too hard on yourself. If New Year resolutions are starting to wane, take a moment and consider all the things you’ve achieved to date, and realise that change takes time and patience, and tomorrow is a brand new day.

4. MOVE

A positive state-breaker, is movement. Music, dancing, a walk outside or taking part in an aerobics class, can not only help offer a positive distraction, but also help boost those feel-good hormones.

5. PEOPLE

Being around fun friends is a brilliant boost. There’s a lot to be said for ‘a problem shared’, so spending time talking to a friend can help lift some emotional weight off your shoulders. Furthermore, being with friends will offer you an opportunity to laugh, share a hug if you need it, and provide evidence that you’re not alone and are valued.

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