Despite many people denying that Blue Monday exists, the truth is that many people feel a little flat after all the excitement of Christmas and New Year. By mid-January, normal life has asserted itself once more, the days remain cold and dark and the will power to stick to new year resolutions starts to waver. One of the ways to combat this is to make a long term plan which keeps you focused on the bigger picture and keeps the blues at bay.
Book a ticket to something special
It can sometimes help to have something to look forward to. The FIFA Women’s World cup takes place in France and England have a great chance of reaching the final so why not pack away last year’s disappointment and get yourself a front row seat for a possible victory? The line-up to US festival Coachella has just been announced and has been praised for the wide range of new and exciting artists performing. If you prefer more cerebral pursuits, 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the NASA Apollo 11 moon landing and there are events celebrating this landmark achievement happening across America and the rest of the world.
Reach for far horizons
If you’re feeling fed up, maybe it’s a sign that you need to look to distant horizons. 2019 could be the year you find a job abroad, enrol in a foreign university or simply pack up your troubles and start travelling the world. These dreams may not happen overnight, but even taking the first steps to making a plan can make a big difference and give you something to look forward to. You can research the logistics, make a budget, even set up an international payments account and start saving towards achieving your dream.
Wave farewell to cold, wet Januarys forever
One way to avoid the January blues in the future is to move abroad somewhere sunny so that when the Christmas festivities subside, you can console yourself by sipping wine by the pool or having a calming walk on the beach. Many people are wary of making the move to Europe due to uncertainty over Brexit, but there are still opportunities for expats in some beautiful spots across Europe and beyond. For example, Costa Rica is proving popular with retirees for the beautiful scenery, excellent health care and low cost of living. What better way to banish the January blues and chase away the spectre of Blue Monday than by living life in a tropical paradise?
Reasons to be cheerful
Whether or not there’s any truth to the idea of Blue Monday, there are plenty of ways you can address feeling a little flat after all the fun of the festive season. Making plans for the future can be a great way to keep your focus on those new year resolutions – learning a language will be more important if you’re planning to move abroad, and improving your fitness will seem more attractive if you’re planning a trek around the world. And if all else fails, the date for Blue Monday has been set at the 21st January, and that coincides with a rare super blood wolf moon. This is what NASA calls one of the sky’s "most dazzling shows," when the moon appears closer and brighter because it is at its closest point to the earth and a lunar eclipse causes the moon to turn red. In ancient beliefs, this moon was considered a sign of new beginnings from small steps, which might give a boost to those new year resolutions. If not, it’s the perfect moon to howl at while you’re in the grip of Blue Monday.