Blue Monday seems to be everywhere this time of the year – the third Monday in January is purported to be the most depressing day in the calendar. While the science behind it is sketchy, there’s hardly any point arguing that January doesn’t feel endless and gloomy. But don’t let the mid-month blues get you down: there’s plenty of mood-boosting activities in the capital guaranteed to lift your spirits.
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Leave it to Gymbox to create a new class that’ll leave you with a grin in place of the usual exercise-induced grimace – not that there’s anything wrong with a good, old-fashioned sweat session. The mood-boosting Laughing Therapy is a predominantly yoga-based class with poses to make you chuckle. Work out your abs while reaping the many benefits of laughter: it lowers blood pressure, improves cardiac health and reduces stress hormone levels to produce a general sense of well-being.
Start your week with a dose of creativity at MasterPeace, Eccleston Yards’ experimental, wellbeing-focused art class, which has teamed up with alcohol-free spirits brand Amplify for a series of ‘Mindful Mondays’. Guests will be able to craft their own light-curated paintings from treasured photographs while enjoying a selection of healthy treats and
Long, dark evenings and chilly temperatures will see most people (understandably) breaking their health habits, but with plenty of delicious and nutritious options to choose from, sticking to the
‘New Year, new me’ health kick has never been so easy. East London dwellers can head to Shoreditch restaurant atis, which serves up quick, healthy fare, and will be donating £1 from every bowl sold on Blue Monday to mental health charity Mind. If you’re looking to really de-stress, they’re also offering TRIP CBD tastings.
Magnum Ruby Room at Southbank
In an ideal addition to a bracing walk along the South Bank, Magnum have installed a glowing, multi-sensory Ruby Room on the Observation Point. The pink pop-up promises to enhance your mood by invigorating the senses through light, sound and – of course – taste. Don’t miss the chance to be among the first to sample Magnum’s latest, a delectable white chocolate ice cream with a raspberry swirl, coated in naturally pink Ruby chocolate.
Until 21 January
Aiming to shift perceptions of CBD, the Drug Store provides a curated selection of CBD-infused products from the world leading wellness brands. Their newly-opened Fenchurch Street branch is hosting a day of mood-lifting activities in store, including a pay-what-you-can CBD coffee bar, one-to-one personal consultations with The Drug Store’s scientific advisor Dr Julie Moltke and a complimentary and bespoke track from revolutionary new music meditation app,
MEYA. Customers are also encouraged to try the products on offer, from Pollenade soft drinks to CBD gummies, with 30 per cent of the day’s proceeds going to Mind.
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Tempting though it may be to spend another evening curled up with Netflix, a lively night out can actually work wonders for chasing away low spirits. The benefits of laughter are many and varied, and with London’s comedy scene better than ever, an evening of laughs is guaranteed. Clubs from Soho to Stoke Newington host stand-up and improvisation by established and up-and-coming comedians, so you’re sure to soon find a fast favourite.
And if all else fails…
Retail therapy can always be counted on to boost morale, making Blue Monday your perfect excuse to hit the January sales. Don’t forget to check out the Country & Town House
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