25 Happy Thoughts To Get You Through Blue Monday

25 Happy Thoughts To Get You Through Blue Monday

Mug of coffee, colouring book and glasses

Today is Blue Monday, which is said to be the most depressing day of the year. Supposedly, it has been calculated by consideringย factors such as weather conditions, time since failing our new yearโ€™s resolutions and low motivational levels. The idea falls into the pseudoscience category. It is more of a theory than anything else, and there is little supporting evidence. However, there are undoubtedly individuals who will insist there is some truth to it.

Personally, I’m not sure either way. As a rule, I think winter can be difficult in general. The short days, cold weather and the lack of colour in the world can easily make it a miserable time of year, so happy thoughts are needed regardless.

Here are 25.

1. If Blue Monday is tripping you up, just keep in mind that it’s one day. That day is now here, which means it will soon be over. Then, it will be a whole year before you have to face it again!

2. If this is the most depressing day of the year, then the only way is up, right?

3. You’ve already made it through several other Blue Mondays. You can handle this one, too.

4. There are brighter days ahead – full of fresh flowers and sunshine.

5. It’s okay to slow down – nobody is 100% motivated all of the time.

6. If you’ve neglected your resolutions, go and read this post about the pressures of the New Year and remember there’s all year to make positive changes in your life.

7. There are still sunrises and sunsets in winter, and they’re just as beautiful.

8. You can make your own sunshine. My trick is googling pictures of sunflowers.

9. Baby giggles.

10. You can go on YouTube RIGHT now and search for funny cat videos – your day will instantly improve.

11. Climbing into bed and wrapping yourself in the duvet to stay cosy is a nice feeling.

12. Hot chocolate. It’s kind of a necessity at this time of year.

13. You are loved, more than you’ll ever know.

14. Someone, somewhere, instantly feels happy at the thought of your existence.

Large headphones with colouring book and hot drink

15. Dogs.

16. You will eat your favourite foods so many more times in your life.

17. There are beautiful books, stunning songs and magical movies still to be discovered.

18. Hundreds of new trees grow each year because of squirrels forgetting where they hid their nuts.

19. Someone, somewhere is having the best day of their life. Today might not be your day, but one day will.

20. Bubbles.

21. We own pieces of technology people only dreamed of centuries ago.

22. Seahorses pick partners for life and travel holding each other’s tails.

23. Thanks to social media, every one of us has the potential to instantly communicate with someone on the other side of the world and make them smile.

24. Smiling is a lovely free gift to give and also receive.

25. Though it doesn’t feel like it all of the time, this life is yours, and you can do what you want with it (well, within reason). The only person you actually have to please with the decisions you make is yourself.

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  • nati 21st January 2019 at 11:01 am

    aww Ruth this is THE post I needed this morning ! mondays can be super intimidating ( as much as they’re my favourite day of the week ) + this post gave me the boost of confidence to tackle my to-do list for the week !

    hope you’re doing super well – have a wonderful one !

    nati x | http://www.a-la-slowed.com

    • ruthinrevolt 24th January 2019 at 9:53 am

      So glad I could help give you a boost for the week ahead, Nati! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Lili Marcus @Lili's Blissful Pages 21st January 2019 at 11:07 am

    Aaaw! 13, 14 and 25 are my favorites… Thank you for this list.๐Ÿ’– I probably need this everyday, not just on Monday, so I’m bookmarking it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • ruthinrevolt 24th January 2019 at 9:53 am

      You’re very welcome! Hope it comes in handy in the future ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jules_writes 21st January 2019 at 11:07 am

    A lovely well thought out list! And yes DOGS ๐Ÿ™‚

    • ruthinrevolt 24th January 2019 at 9:53 am

      Thanks Jules!

  • Cordelia Moor 21st January 2019 at 11:26 am

    Yes, yes, YES to all of this. It’s all marketing bollocks at the end of the day, but it is still a very Mondayish Monday, even if we didn’t label it. These are all good thoughts, and I’m going to take them and carry them through the rest of the day with me. My best Blue Monday cure: listening to ‘don’t be discouraged’ by Daniel Versus The World. It’s EXCELLENT

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

    • ruthinrevolt 24th January 2019 at 9:55 am

      Yay! Thanks for sharing your tip, too! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Tyas 21st January 2019 at 11:41 am

    This is actually my first time hearing about Blue Monday! But despite it being said as the most depressing day of the year, at the end of the day it may not be true and it should be different for everyone. Plus, there’s always something good in every day, to cheer up! โ˜บ

    • ruthinrevolt 24th January 2019 at 9:55 am

      That’s very true! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Julia 21st January 2019 at 11:43 am

    Love how you said that no one is motivated 100% of the time. Sometimes I can be quite down on myself when I feel really unmotivated so I need to remind myself of that.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • ruthinrevolt 24th January 2019 at 9:56 am

      I’m the same way. Rest can be just as important in terms of productivity, though!

  • WETSY J. RUIZ RIVERA 21st January 2019 at 11:51 am

    Love it!๐Ÿ’•

    • ruthinrevolt 24th January 2019 at 9:56 am

      Thank you!

  • Beka 21st January 2019 at 1:15 pm

    This is exactly what I needed today! Whether itโ€™s because of Blue Monday or not, Iโ€™ve been feeling very down today. I took Alfie out on a walk so Iโ€™m proud that I forced myself out of the house, but I came back and thatโ€™s when I really started to feel down. Mental health is a very unfair rollercoaster ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ speaking of dogs and funny YouTube videos – I love to combine those two, and specifically look at Boxer dog videos. Theyโ€™re so silly, clumsy and funny – those types of videos (and old vines) always help crack a smile on low days. Great post, Ruth!

    Beka | http://www.bekadaisies.com

    • ruthinrevolt 24th January 2019 at 9:57 am

      I’m so sorry to hear you were feeling down, but it’s good you were able to get out! You’re absolutely right about mental health – it can be so unpredictable and tiresome. But you got this, and I’m glad my post could help, even if it was only a little bit!

  • Lisa McLachlan 21st January 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Aw, Ruth, this is just what everyone needs to read, every day, not just on Blue Monday (which I hadn’t even heard of before this year!). Yes to cat videos, baby giggles, new trees, hot chocolate, seahorses, and smiling. I always smile at everyone (well, usually) because it’s free, a pay it forward, and infectious in a good way. I’m smiling right now after reading this, although the only recipients are my cats, haha. Love this! xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • ruthinrevolt 24th January 2019 at 10:00 am

      So glad I could make you smile, Lisa – I’m sure your cats appreciated it! ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re absolutely right about smiling being infectious. I can’t help but smile back if someone smiles at me on the street, and I love that.

  • Bexa 21st January 2019 at 1:47 pm

    This is such a happy, uplifting and motivational post, thank you for sharing Ruth! Number 5 is so reassuring, I sometimes feel fed up if I’m not feeling inspired or motivated but like you say, it is okay to slow down, and also necessary to do so ๐Ÿ™‚ Also when we slow down we can make more time for funny cat vids, books, music, hot chocolate, so it’s all win win. Awesome post, I feel so much more positive after reading this so thank you! Hope you are having a wonderful day lovely! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • ruthinrevolt 24th January 2019 at 10:03 am

      Exactly! More time for those things is only ever a positive! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It is hard, though, when you’re lacking inspiration. it’s easy to end up feeling guilty or bad about yourself, but it’s just a natural part of the process. I’m delighted my post made you feel uplifted, Bexa! x

  • Carly 21st January 2019 at 3:19 pm

    This is the best post I’ve read in ages! It genuinely put a smile on my face and made me chuckle. I’ve never thought about trees growing because of forgetful squirrels! Thank you for brightening my day.

    • ruthinrevolt 24th January 2019 at 10:04 am

      Awww, yay! Thank you, Carly!

  • Jessica Mathis 22nd January 2019 at 12:31 am

    I had trouble posting this, so I hope it doesn’t post like 79 times haha

    Thank you for this spark of happiness! I had no idea Blue Monday existed. I appreciate you trying to make the world a better, happier place. We could definitely use more of that. Also, that squirrel fact was hilarious to me! Nice little bit of info there.

    Keep up the good work!

    Jessica | The Unplug Initiative

    • ruthinrevolt 24th January 2019 at 10:04 am

      Thank you very much, Jessica! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Fox 22nd January 2019 at 4:50 am

    These are great thoughts, and definitely what I needed today!

    • ruthinrevolt 24th January 2019 at 10:04 am

      Glad I could help!

  • Macey 22nd January 2019 at 5:55 am

    9, 14, 15, & 17 are my absolute favs on this list! I had no idea today was Blue Monday until I saw your insta story earlier today. I love how you chose to share this incredibly uplifting post–your thoughtfulness and kindness is truly amazing, and I want you to know that you are appreciated so much xxx

    • ruthinrevolt 24th January 2019 at 10:05 am

      Awww, you are such a sweet and special person. This comment has made me smile from ear to ear. Thank you, Macey! xx

  • Lauren 22nd January 2019 at 8:24 am

    Aww this is such a lovely post!! ๐Ÿ˜Š. Such a positive and helpful post! Bringing positivity and light to Monday or any day. Thank you for sharing! Xx

    • ruthinrevolt 24th January 2019 at 10:05 am

      My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Joan Senio 22nd January 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Perfect post for me to read today, Ruth. I could use one of these every morning lately! Thank you for your suggestions. I especially enjoyed learning about seahorses holding tails (how cute is that???), and the mental image of squirrels losing their nuts made me laugh out loud.
    Have a great week,
    My Best Friend Adeline

    • ruthinrevolt 24th January 2019 at 10:06 am

      Aww, well, I’m glad I could bring a bit of cheer to your day, Joan! The idea of seahorses holding tails is just so adorable to me, I love it.

  • Kat 22nd January 2019 at 8:40 pm

    I never heard of Monday being called Blue Monday! I can seriously understand why it is called that, as I dread every Monday and find Monday the hardest day of the week. On Tuesday, I feel so grateful that Monday is over and the rest of the week feels so much better! I love watching funny cat videos on youtube – they brighten up my day immensely!

    • ruthinrevolt 24th January 2019 at 10:08 am

      Funny cat videos are my instant cure for the blues! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Melissa 23rd January 2019 at 3:53 am

    This was such a lovely post! I wasn’t aware that Blue Monday was a thing, but it makes sense. I actually really loved #22…I love seahorses, I even have a tattoo of one. I love their partnerships and also the older stories where they guided drowned sailors to the afterlife (they also have such a calm yet persistent demeanor). And of course dogs are always such mood brighteners. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • ruthinrevolt 24th January 2019 at 10:09 am

      I love that you have a seahorse tattoo! That’s awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚ They are such fascinating little things, and don’t get the recognition they deserve. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Zoรซ 23rd January 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Ahh I absolutely loved reading this. For me blue Monday was any other day, Ive had far far worse mental health days, and my depression wasn’t actually that bad on Monday which I am so thankful for! Reading this really put a smile on my face. xx


    • ruthinrevolt 24th January 2019 at 10:09 am

      Aww, I’m so glad to know it wasn’t bad for you, Zoe! It was a pretty ordinary day for me, too, but I’m glad I could put a smile on your face ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Alex 25th January 2019 at 8:04 am

    I love this post!
    Iโ€™ve literally had a down day every day this week! So it was even better to read on a Friday ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lydia 31st January 2019 at 4:44 pm

    I’d like to see you write the ‘100 things that make me happy’ post; this made me feel just that little less gloomy..

    • ruthinrevolt 5th February 2019 at 8:44 am

      Aww, I’m so glad I could make you feel a bit better! I’ll keep 100 things in mind for the future!

  • Natonya 4th February 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Cute post Ruth, I really like the suggestions you shared because it will get you through any bad day. I always heard of Monday blues as a concept of not wanting to do anything because you’re still on weekend mode. But I never heard of a blue Monday, as a special day where some people feel low. Thanks for sharing something new with me.

    Natonya | https://justnatonya.wordpress.com

    • ruthinrevolt 5th February 2019 at 8:52 am

      You’re welcome! I believe it was actually made up by a company to sell more holidays, but I think we can all agree that January can feel pretty rubbish anyway! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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