This time of year is known as Blue Monday, a time when Christmas euphoria is over and the bills start to come in. The weather is dreary and it gets dark early…it’s easy for us all to feel a little low. We, however, want to celebrate Blue Monday with ways to beat it and also as a reminder to look after ourselves and those around us! So check out our 10 ways to help make your family happier!

#1 Do Yoga!

The positive benefits of mindfulness, breathing and stretching are boundless.

We love the FREE family yoga sessions by Cosmic Kids on YouTube. From Pokemon to Trolls right through to ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ inspired Yoga, everyone can join in the fun!

#2 Count Blessings

Make a list of all the things that make you feel lucky & happy. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed these days, sometimes writing our blessings down helps to give order to the mind jumble!

Want to try it out? Click the pic to browse and use our code code for 20% off these gorgeous Happy Journals: HAPPY20

#3 Go on a Family Walk

new study has found that walks in nature help to restore attention and allow you to better pick up on social cues. The study found that a walk in nature actually increased positive interactions amongst the families that participated.

Running out of inspiration for walk activities to stop any whinging from the children? Check out these 10 ways to make your family walk more fun or download our FREE Family Walking Ideas Calendar!

#4 Cook with Jamie Oliver

Get those happy hormones going and fill up even the fussiest tum with some of Jamie’s delicious dishes. Try some of his batch cooking recipes to help you get ahead, reduce your stress and food waste too!

Fancy some super food inspiration for the family? Jamie’s got us covered, just click here to view.  

#5 Add some colour to your life

Not just for the kids, like mindfulness, colouring can help reduce blood pressure, anxiety, tension and improve fine motor skills and sleep.

Have you tried one of our colouring tablecloths? Perfect for all the family. Plus, once it’s washed, just pop it in the wash and start again!

#6 Mini spa day

It may have been a while since you’ve had the chance of a massage and sauna, so why not teach your little active people a little spa etiquette?!

Why not crack open the nail polishes, learn some massage techniques and snuggle up after a scented warm bath with a delicious herbal tea.

Our hooded towels make the perfect mini spa day treat, click here for a range of patterns in both regular and jumbo sizes!

#7 Make a scrapbook

One day our little active people will tell stories about what it was like to live through lockdown.

Why not gather up memories from all the lockdowns into a joyful collection of what happened when people had to stay home to fight the virus? You never know what conversations it could spark. 

#8 Grow together

Research shows that children who have a growth mindset are more likely to lead successful lives. Our learning and abilities are not fixed and teaching children to understand this can have a huge impact on their wellbeing.

Our Growth Mindset Printable Kit and Posters is instantly downloadable, so you can print at home as many times as you need.

#9 Be the rainbow

Did you know that what you wear can affect your mood? Got any white socks or t-shirts hanging about?

We love a bit of tie dye. Check out the Children’s Museum’s Tie Dye Instructions and see what magic you can create.

#10 Spread some cheer

With so many isolating, the daily post has become a rare treat.

If your little active people are yet to write their Christmas thank yous, we have just the thing; these easy peasy, colourful cards brighten up any doormat, just add a homemade picture and we guarantee the smiles will follow.

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