Blue Monday gives the hue a bad name! Colour therapists say it actually 'soothes the mind', so from Santorini to Capri, these are the richly azure places that should lift your mood

Mail Online | 1/15/2018 | James Draper For Mailonline
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They say what goes up, must come down. So it's understandable that December's festivities are followed by a natural, but completely unwelcome, slump.

And, according to experts, the slump 'peaks' each year today, on January 15, in a phenomenon known as 'Blue Monday'.

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Dubbed the most depressing day of the calendar, it's supposedly when all the bitter realities of life collide into one truly miserable 24-hour period.

But others believe the playful term is misguided, especially when considering the supposed benefits of the hue, include everything from de-stressing to fighting infection.

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In fact, colour therapist Alison Standish claims it 'calms and soothes the mind, body and spirit'.

With this in mind, Celebrity Cruises has listed the world's best locations for people to benefit from the shade - everywhere from Iceland to Italy, with not a sad face in sight.

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Potentially the most well-known on this list, the image that first comes to mind when you think of Santorini is its deep blue rooftops that overlook the seemingly endless sea.

When you couple this Greek island’s world-renowned rooftop views, authentic food, invigorating walks and its average temperature of 26C, there’s definitely nothing to feel down about.

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But it is also known for its cobalt blue shades, which dominate the skyline - and this could potentially perk you up.

'Cobalt is a vibrant blue which creates deep feelings of calm and allows the body to de-stress and sooth,' Alison says. 'It also supports the ability to communicate on a one-to-one basis with clarity and truth.'

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Porto, Portugal

The Portuguese flag might be red and green, but its second city is all about the blues.

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While its coastal position brings with it the shades of the sea, the city is all about the Baroque tiles that line the streets with royal blue hues. You’ll find them all across the...
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