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Monday, 15 January 2018

Blue Monday + Giveaway!

Blue Monday is said to be the most depressing day of the year as people are just getting over Christmas, recieving credit card bills and wishing payday would come sooner. It's exactly 3 weeks after Christmas and most of us are in the process of getting ourselves back into a routine after the festive break and time off. I don't know about you, but I'm really not a fan of the winter weather. Snow, rain, wind isn't for me. If there's one reason why I don't mind winter it's because I know Christmas is only round the corner. Now it's over, many of you, like me, are fed up with the cold weather and are pleading for some summer sun. To fight off that Blue Monday feeling, I thought I'd give you a list of a few things you could do to get yourself back up and running again. 

Absorb All That Natural Lighting
During the UK's winter months, we don't often get much natural sunlight. Some of us wake up in the morning to go to work when it's dark, some of us return home from work when it's dark. Getting natural sunlight has been proven to boost hormones which we lack during the winter making us feel a bit unmotivated and sleepy. Make sure you get some natural sunlight whether that's going for a walk on your lunch break or however you chose to do it, it will really help to boost your mood.

Be Grateful
Christmas may have come and gone and yes we're all waiting for payday to come round. The best way to beat the Monday blues is to look back and be grateful for the festive break we had and the time we spent with our families. As we get older, some of us find it harder to meet up with family so having that time off allows everyone to come together and celebrate Christmas. Be grateful for having your loved ones around you at such a special time of year.

Go For a Walk
Sometimes going for a walk can relieve you from stress and all those negative feelings you may have. Take 5-10 minutes out of your day to go for a walk and fight off any problems you're worried about. Have a bit of thinking time. For every negative thought you may have, try and replace them with 3 positive ones. I know this can be hard, but every if it helps to solve one of your issues then it helps.

Practise Yoga
This may not be for everyone but I tell you why I've included it. A few weeks before Christmas I was really down and found it hard to get into anything - I really needed the festive break for some time out and a break away from everything. I started reading a few mindful books and magazines and the most common thing to combat depression was yoga. So just putting that one out there, you may want to give it a try.

Read a Book
Following on from my last paragraph. As I said, I started reading a few mindful books which really helped me calm down and feel at peace again. Instead of just reading each page as normal, I thought about each sentence or paragraph I'd just read and incorporated the positive message into my daily lifestyle. It's amazing how much this changed my thoughts and feelings! A book I found really useful was Find Calm by Anna Barnes. In fact, her whole collection is very mindful and you may want to take a look at the other books she's written.

So to cheer you up and forget the monday blues, I've decided to create a giveaway! I'm giving you and 4 of your friends the chance to win a package full of goodies! Take a look down below to see what you could win!

Fake Bake Daily Tan
Tints of Nature Dry Shampoo
Natralus Nourishing Lip Butter
Natralus Skin Therapy
Natralus Skin Relief
Barry M Mascara
Barry M Gel Nail Paint
Barry M Highlighter Drops
Barry M Candy Culture Nail Paint
Barry M Molten Metal Nail Paint
Barry M Strobe Cream
Barry M Lipstick
Twist & Spritz Refil Fragrance Atomiser
Dr PawPaw Butter Balm
Urban Veda Night Cream
Urban Veda Day Cream
Pretty Little Thing Mermaid Blanket

+ More to come!

1. Follow @batesrobyn on Instagram
2. Tag 4 of your friends in my giveaway photo on Instagram
3. Like my giveaway photo on Instagram
4. Spread the word to all your friends!

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 24th January via my Instagram, good luck!!!

Applicants must live in the UK
If winners post the items on social, please be sure to tag me so I can see it

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