Whether you believe all the hype, or you’re of the opinion it’s all a load of rubbish, Blue Monday is a phenomenon that has become a permanent staple on many people’s calendars.
Described as “the most depressing day of the year”, Blue Monday has been around since the mid 2000’s when a press release detailed research revealing the third monday of the New Year is when people are at their most depressed, for a variety of factors including financial, emotional amongst others.
But can cycling actually be used to combat the January blues?
Actually… yes it can!
So if you’re worried Blue Monday will be taking its hold on you very soon, here’s a few reasons cycling might be your saving grace:
Exercise improves mental health & mood
We’ve long known about the physical benefits exercise can bring.
Including cycling, of course.
But did you know exercise and cycling can also have a drastic positive effect on your mental health, too?
In fact, regular exercise has been proven to aid in the release of chemicals and endorphins in the brain which promote happiness, positive thinking and can greatly lift your overall mood.
But beyond the biological aspect of it, cycling can have a great effect on you psychologically.
For some, the knowledge that they’ve fit in their daily dose of exercise and have pushed themselves can be a source of relief and pride.
So if you’re worried you’ll be feeling the effects of Blue Monday, be sure to head out for a cycle session before work, after work, or, if you’re lucky enough, in the middle of the day!
It might just be the medicine you need.
If you’re already a cycling fanatic (and if you haven’t already) you should consider booking a cycling holiday in 2020.
A perfect boost to chase away those Blue Monday blues, cycling holidays are a great escape for you, your friends or your family, and give you something to look forward to, rather than staying down in the dumps!
At Freewheel Holidays, we have a whole host of incredible cycling escapes, to locations all over Europe! Soak up a brand new location like never before.
Don’t worry - you don’t need to be a pro cyclist to enjoy a cycling holiday. We have cycling holidays to suit all levels and abilities, so all you need to do is… ride!
Want to see what we have to offer? Check out our cycling holidays listings here.
Most people cycle because it’s their favourite form of exercise and is a helpful addition to an active, healthy lifestyle.
But for others, it can be the purest form of escape that’s readily available in their day-to-day lives.
Getting to head to your favourite nearby spot to relax and get away from things can be a great help at times of stress or worry.
Or perhaps the cycle itself can be your escape. When you’re in the right mindset, cycling can be an incredibly therapeutic experience.
Whether it’s a quiet country path, or cycling along a busy suburban street. Whatever helps you get away from it all, let cycling take you there.
If you’re the type of person who finds it easy to do things differently every day and have no set timetable, good on you! Juggling so many different things at odd times can be a task and a half!
But if you’re one of the many people who sees your daily routine as an essential structure in your life, and if you also enjoy cycling, following a regular cycling routine will bring you more comfort than you might think.
If you’ve been in a regular cycling routine for a while, try missing a few sessions off your calendar and you’ll soon see just how much of an impact it has on you.
You’ll be rearing to get back in the saddle and back out on the open road!
So, on and around Blue Monday, try not to miss any cycling sessions you’ve got in the pipeline. You’ll feel much better for it.
At Freewheel Holidays, we do our best to make sure you don’t miss out on the very best deals in cycling holidays in Europe.
You can take a look at our range of cycling holidays here. So forget Blue Monday and get booking your dream cycling holiday today!