Blue Monday is a name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) claimed to be the most depressing day of the year.
NO, it’s not just you!
If the first few weeks of January has left you feeling a bit blue and you can’t put your finger on why you’re not alone, here are the top 8 reasons why it’s not just you that felt down in the mouth and some positives to help you shake off the January blues and look forward to stepping into February feeling flabulous!
Reasons to be miserable:
- The Christmas Comedown
After December’s month long exercise in sedentary binge eating and excessive booze consumption, comes January’s self-sacrifice and austerity which can be a bit of a shock to the system after weeks of over indulgence.
Whether you did Dry January or just cut back it can be soul destroying not to have a glass of vino or a pint to look forward to after a long day at work.
We’re all skint after Christmas and January can feel like one long Simply Red song (money’s too tight to mention) especially when the credit card bill arrives!
Everyone and their dog was on a diet in January (you can’t use that old shrunken jeans chestnut forever) and there is nothing like depriving yourself of carbs to leave you feeling a bit dejected.
- No Bank Holiday in sight
After two weeks of doing naff all over the festive break the reality check of the daily grind can overwhelm us a little and leave us feeling more than a bit fed up. There isn’t even a bank holiday to look forward to until Easter.
It's dark, it’s damp and its bloody freezing – the lack of sunlight and plummeting temperatures are enough to make anyone feel disheartened.
- The kids were doing your head in
If there’s one thing Christmas is good for its blackmailing your children “if you don’t behave, Santa won’t bring you any presents” - that carrot and stick is redundant for at least another ten months so it’s back to actually having to parent our kids (sigh!).
- Feeling like a Failure
All that ‘go hard or go home’ motivation can get a bit much when your social media timelines are full of other people’s good intentions, gym selfies and meal pics. If the detox, diet or Olympian exercise regime didn’t go quite to plan it can leave us feeling a bit like a failure.
Let's Look Forward To Febuary
If you've spent most of January feeling Blue, you’ll be glad to see the back of the month and look forward to February; it’s starting to get lighter, you’ve been paid, Dry January is over and pancake day is just around the corner.
January can make you feel like you need to change your whole life, quit smoking, cut down on drinking, go on a diet and launch a tech start up to make your millions. Really?
If your New Year’s resolutions haven’t gone to plan, you still haven’t lost *that* 10lbs or put those shelves up, life is too short. Now that January is nearly finished we have the whole of 2019 to look forward to, dates to put in the diary, cycle rides to plan and beer to drink.
There is one sure fire way to put a smile on your face and a glow in your cheeks……….dust off the cleats, get the bike out of the shed and get back in the saddle. Let the gym bunnies fight over the treadmill in the gym and enjoy the open road.
You don’t have to try become Bradley Wiggins overnight, give yourself a break and set yourself some realistic and achievable goals to work towards. Why not sign up to our FLAB Big Fat bike ride 2019 on 11th May. If you're looking for some riding buddies why not join one of our FLAB social rides our in your area FLAB social ride locations or if there's not one in your area why not apply to become part of our FLampion team Become a FLAmpion