Blue Monday 2019 - 21 January 2019

Blue Monday 2019 - 21 January 2019

Updated On: Jan 28, 2019
By Spencer Rust
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    Can theatre uplift your mood this Blue Monday?

    It’s the start of the New Year, Christmas is over, the weather is getting colder, and you may be starting to feel the January Blues kicking in. On top of that, the ‘most depressing day of the year’ is fast approaching. That’s right, it’s not long now until Blue Monday 2019 is upon us. But before everything gets a little too gloomy, we have some great ways to banish those January Blues, and some spectacular theatre to help you on your way. So grab a brew, relax on the sofa, and read on for our top tips. 

    What is Blue Monday?

    Originally conceived by a PR company in 2005, Blue Monday has now become an annual event. It was calculated using a series of factors which, while not particularly scientific, could explain why January can get us all a little bit down. 

    The factors are: the weather, less money (perhaps we were a little too generous this Christmas), the amount of time since Christmas, the time since giving up on our new year's resolutions (don’t worry, you’re not the only one), and low motivational levels.

    What can you do about Blue Monday 2019?

    If January is getting you down, here are a few ideas to uplift your mood.


    The American Psychological Association (APA) said that exercising can help make you feel happier - 'The link between exercise and mood is pretty strong,' Boston University psychology professor Michael Otto told the APA. 'Usually within five minutes after moderate exercise you get a mood-enhancement effect.'

    If you are already struggling with that particular New Year’s resolution, then theatre may be the answer for you.  Research conducted by University College London and the University of Lancaster in association with Encore Tickets, showed that watching a live theatre performance can stimulate your cardiovascular system to the same extent as doing 28 minutes of healthy cardio exercise. 

    Looking for something to get the heart racing? Try TINA - The Tina Turner Musical, Proud Mary never fails. Or if you prefer a bit of a thrill, why not book your seats for The Woman in Black, if you dare… 

    Spend more time with friends and family

    Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert explains that ‘We are happy when we have family, we are happy when we have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends.’

    Why not get all your friends and family together for a great night at the theatre? Laugh together, cry together, there is a show for everyone. And remember, you can often save money on tickets when you book a group together…

    Discuss life, love and marriage with your friends alongside tickets to Company in London’s West End. Or Matilda is a great production for all the family. Book with Group Line to save on tickets when you book 6 or more. 

    Practice Smiling

    That’s right, turn that frown upside down.  Smiling can trick the body into helping you elevate your mood, because the physical act of smiling actually activates neural messaging in your brain. A study led by a Michigan State University business scholar suggests people ‘who smile as a result of cultivating positive thoughts…improve their mood and withdraw less.’  

    There are plenty of productions to put a smile on your face in 2019. The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is a fast, fabulous comedy caper and the funniest show in the West End. Or the hilarious new West End production of 9 to 5 the Musical is sure to make you beam.

    Plan a trip

    We all love that feeling of booking our next holiday. Simply looking forward to the prospect of a few days break can be real mood booster. In fact, a study published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life showed ‘the effect of vacation anticipation boosted happiness for eight weeks.’

    A London theatre break could be the perfect getaway. LOVEtheatre have a variety of restaurant packages that can take the stress out of planning, and save you a bit of money too!

    Keep learning

    Learning affects our wellbeing in lots of positive ways. It exposes us to new ideas and helps us stay curious and engaged. It also gives us a sense of accomplishment and helps boost our self-confidence and resilience. ‘It’s actually a core need for psychological wellbeing. Learning can help us build confidence and a sense of self-efficacy. It can also be a way of connecting with others too,’ says Vanessa King, positive psychology expert at Action for Happiness.

    If you want a more informative theatre trip, The Wider Earth at the Natural History Museum explores the gripping story behind Darwin and one of the most important discoveries in history. Or encounter some of the most stunning creatures of the sea face-to-face in Under the Sea 3D at the Science Museum.

    Remember, it’s important to maintain good mental health

    Remember, our mental health is incredibly important. If your low mood lasts longer than a few days, make sure you talk to someone and seek advice. Visit the NHS website for more information.

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