5 Simple Ways To Beat Blue Monday
Blue Monday refers to this weird third Monday in January, described as the most depressing day of the year when people appear the most low in moods. Apparently, this is due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills. Alas, this year’s date is Monday 15 January 2018.
Is it real?
There is no real evidence to support this theory. The concept was first publicised as part of a 2005 press release from a holiday company which claimed to have calculated the date using an equation. However, the idea is considered pseudoscience with its formula derided by scientists as nonsensical.
Now having said that…
Are people generally underwhelmed after the Christmas & New Year holidays? Maybe.
Are they broke and just about hanging on for the next pay check? Certainly.
Have they defaulted on that rather unrealistic New Year’s resolution? Perhaps.
Do they get stressed and overwhelmed by the return to a job they wished they had never returned to? Sure.
Whilst, it might be tempting to indulge in the national collective ‘woe-is-me’ day, it’s probably more helpful to focus on how to make the day better.
There might not be much evidence to support ‘Blue Mondays’, but we could agree that some people might feel particularly ‘blue’ on Mondays, and so they should be supported through it like any other day.
So, if you happen to experience the blues on Monday 15 January or any other day of the week for that matter, I invite you to try any or all of my top favorite things to do when I need to beat the blue out of any bluey day of the week!
May your coffee be strong and your Monday be short.
5 simple ways to beat your Monday blues
1. Go to bed early on Sunday night. Your body will thank you for it.
2. Plan your Monday schedule, it’ll help you feel more in control. Incorporate time for lunch with a colleague or just someone you don’t mind sharing a walk to Pret with.
3. Meet a friend – If you’re lucky to have some money left after Christmas, go for a Monday night supper with a friend – better yet, one you haven’t caught up with since before Christmas! (Phone calls will work just as well…)
4. Burn some energy. Hit that gym class, running track, pool, or walk until you feel just a little bit better.
5. Don’t pressure yourself. If you don’t fancy doing it, don’t do it! Do something you’d actually enjoy. There’s always Tuesday. Might be a better day anyway!
Blue Monday?… Bring it!
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After experiencing three separate bereavements in the family, I learnt how to overcome the lasting effects of my low moods and anxieties, and to get back into the world! I learnt that all the resilience I need to survive is already in me, and that it is my responsibility to make myself happy.