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ANTI-BLUE MONDAY: DESK ESSENTIALS TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY

Since today is the third Monday in January, this can only mean one thing: prepare for gloom - Blue Monday. If there's ever been a day that New Order was overplayed, it's today. As an act of the anti-miserable, I've compiled a brief list of things that ought to make the rest of the week a little perkier for all the office workers and desk-based people out there.

Rescue remedies, of sorts.

First up: Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm (£19)

Does anyone else have huge problems with finding the right balance between draughty window seats/central heating/desks directly under the hot air? There's an on-going saga between the people in my office with how to warm the place up and (weirdly) cool it down. My desk has windows on either side which means draught central, and my hands are always, always cold as a result. Obviously, the best way of dealing with this is endless cups of tea, but the constant warming/cooling makes my hands resemble something along the lines of Rhino skin. Dry, cracked, sore, grim.

I'm really funny about hand creams, I hate synthetic 'cheerful' scents like the Soap and Glory Hand Food, so when I received the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm in my Christmas stocking I was over the moon. I'm a regular tester fiend for Aesop, always popping into their Covent Garden store whenever I walk past. This has eased since receiving this. I can't sing its praises enough, to be honest.

Next: Smith's Minted Rose Lip Balm (£6)

Along with dry, gross hands comes dry, gross lips. Not cute. Honestly before finding Smiths lip products, I'd struggled to find a treatment that didn't make my lips scab for a few days after using it, making my lips entirely dependent on it. This is something I put on when I venture into the cold to protect them, and it works absolute wonders. The tingly minty feeling makes it feel like it's doing something good. I'm also a huge fan of the Rosebud Salve, which is amazing for dry noses and elbows as well.

Finally: Moleskin Daily Planner, Soft Cover, Pocket Sized (£19)

Writing in a diary is something I've decided to do properly in 2015. Something every day, even if it's just a few words. I'm hoping it'll encourage me to think a bit more creatively, and if not then at least it's something to look back on when I'm old and missing my youth. This one is pocket sized with a soft leather cover, which is perfect for slotting in your bag and keeping by your side for when thoughts arise. I always feel inspired to write when I'm at work, so keeping this close has been good for me so far.

I think investing in these three things, as well as some gold and silver hair grips (I got mine from Primark) have revolutionised my January thus far. I'd highly recommend.

Have a lovely Blue Monday, and you might as well stick New Order on. It's a fantastic song.