Food & nutrition

Blue Monday: 9 ways to boost your mood with food

Beat Blue Monday with these feel-good meal ideas. Happy taste buds, happy tummy, happy you!

20th January 2020. The third Monday of January - and apparently the most depressing day of the whole year.

 

While there's no scientific evidence fuelling this claim (i.e. 'Blue Monday' is statistically no more or less depressing than any other day of the year), mid-January is notoriously a tough time for many.

Limited sunshine: Gloomy days and dark nights means we aren't getting our vitamin D fix, which can make us feel down and even lead to seasonal affective disorder.

Post-Christmas finances: While an early payday was welcome in December, many of us feel the stretch in January.

Failed New Year's resolutions: Research shows that around a quarter of people give up their resolutions after just one week, while fewer than one in 10 will see their goals through to the end of the year. (The key is to set STAR goals - find out more here.)

Sticking to your New Year's resolutions: Denying ourselves our usual go-to comforts, like chocolate or a glass of wine, may also impact our mood. Discover how your favourite treats slot into a typical day on myWW™.

If you're feeling a little flat, here are 9 ways your meals could help boost your mood.

 

1. Have a leisurely breakfast

 

Wake up a little earlier to enjoy a delicious, leisurely breakfast that will put a smile on your face from the moment you wake up.

2. Snack happy (and healthy)

 

Avoid a mid-morning slump by packing a tasty pre-prepared snack in your bag. 

3. Enjoy a lovely lunch

 

Make lunch an occasion with these colourful meals that will tide you over 'til dinnertime. Whether you up your sandwich game with a banh mi or eat the rainbow with a veggie sushi bowl, banish soggy sandwiches and the Monday blues in one fell swoop.

4. Try something new

 

Cook yourself out of a rut! Use Blue Monday as an excuse to try something new, like an exotic fusion dish or something plant-based.

5. Get nostalgic

 

Cooking at home? Bring back happy childhood memories with a healthy twist on classic puds. Rice pudding and bread & butter pudding are easy to make, and use ingredients you'll probably already have at home - perfect for a Monday evening.

6. Turn dinner into a social event

 

A surefire way to banish the Monday blues is to spend time with family and friends. Get the gang round and whip up a big spag bol, or head out to a restaurant and enjoy some table service! Nothing's off the menu on myWW, and that includes favourites like Pizza Express, Wagamama and Nando's.

7. Keep your resolutions in check

 

If you're doing dry January, power through with soft drinks that taste so good you won't know they're booze-free! Sip from a wine or champagne glass so you don't feel like you're missing out.

8. Get your bake on

 

Baking is a feel-good activity the whole family can enjoy. And what better way to put a smile on everyone's face than the aroma of freshly baked cookies or brownies?

9. Enjoy a bedtime treat

 

Slip into a blissful sleep with a mug of something warm before bed. Well done...you've made it through Blue Monday!