So, the third Monday in January is called 'Blue Monday' and known to be the most miserable day of the year. Apparently, the reasons for feeling 'blue' include, the slump after Christmas, too much month at the end of the money, not sticking to New Year resolutions, etc.
For someone like myself who suffers with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), any day can be 'blue' if I don't intervene!
If I had the choice, I'd move to a warmer climate In October, or make every day a duvet day until Spring, but as a Mother of two and with a business to run, that is not possible!
There are a number of things I do during this season to prevent the spiral of mood swings and over eating, but my favourite and proven method is to wear brighter clothes. Simple right!
As a Style Coach, I work with women to find the right pieces to fit and flatter their body shape and give them confidence. I also encourage adding colours in shades that compliment their natural colouring as this can turn an outfit from drab to fab, while increasing confidence.
Adding colour to our wardrobes, even for those that prefer to wear black or monochrome styles, can have a positive affect on our mood.
My favourite colours to wear are fuchsia pinks and cobalt blues and these colours have a positive affect on my mood. Other ways that I like to wear bright colours during this season, are with makeup and accessories. A bright nail polish or lipstick is an instant mood booster for me even if I'm wearing darker colours.
For women that are afraid to experiment with colour or add any new coloured pieces to their wardrobe, I suggest starting small with accessories and makeup. Even tying a bright scarf to the handles of a plain handbag can change the style and add a pop of colour.
When we're feeling confident, our productivity and motivation can increase which is especially beneficial during the darker months.
Whether you work from home, a SAHM or go to work full-time, you can beat the 'Blue Monday' blues by choosing to wear brighter pieces and set the intention to have a good day.
Other stylish and mood boosting ways to beat the blues could be to wear something you wouldn't normally wear that day, such a top you're saving for a special occasion (even though you bought it two years ago). If you're going to the gym or working out, choose brighter workout clothes.
Don't reserve these ideas for 'Blue Monday' though! Try adding a pop of colour to your wardrobe during the darker months, especially to the pieces that you wear the most such as work wear.
For style inspiration and a selection of mood boosting bright pieces, head over to Pinterest and check out my 'Winter Brights' board here.
A Style Coach & Image Consultant.