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Bethany Ainsley, Wellbeing Specialist

3 Reasons to feel More Positive about ‘Blue’ Monday.

Today is the day that the concept ‘Blue Monday’ will be shared across social media platforms as the most depressing day of the year.

Thought up by psychologist Dr. Cliff Arnall, Blue Monday, the third Monday in January is believed to be the day that we feel sad due to a number of variables including debt, failed New Year’s resolutions, the weather and low levels of motivation.

However, it’s important that we look at the positive things in life in order to help us feel happy and content. For that reason, we thought we would turn Blue Monday its head and have found three excellent reasons to feel more positive about ‘blue’ Monday.

1. The colour blue is the most popular in the world and has wellbeing benefits too.

Blue is believed to be the most popular colour in the world amongst both men and women. This isn’t surprising when research suggests that the colour blue can be beneficial to both the mind and body. The colour blue is associated with tranquillity and can slow the human metabolism to produce a calming effect. Enjoy the colour blue today and reap the benefits!

2. Enjoy the blue sky (or even grey) to help boost Serotonin levels.

Light boosts serotonin which promotes feelings of positivity and happiness. Some people find that that low light in winter can lead to low energy levels and low mood. Try getting outdoors today – even if it’s just for 20 minutes on your lunch break. Even on a dull day light intensity is greater outside than it is indoors.

3. Listening to the ocean can enhance sleep and relaxation.

Going to bed thinking of a clear blue ocean with waves gentle lapping the shore is a meditation technique that can help enhance relaxation and sleep. The sound of ocean waves is a popular choice for soothing sounds so why not give it a go this evening and relax.

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