Blue Monday –  Is it really that bad?

Today is known as ‘Blue Monday’.  Not because the New Order song was released on this date, but because it is the date that is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year.  Blue Monday occurs on the 3rd Monday of January. 

There are a number of reasons for this. Christmas memories are starting to fade, the weather is usually grim, cold, damp and grey. It is still dark in the morning and early in the evening. You are back at work and the next bank holiday seems a long way away, debts from Christmas are mounting up and pay day is another week or so away. It is also the time that it takes for New Years Resolutions to fall by the wayside as motivation levels drop.

There is even a calculation for why this day is the most depressing.

Is it really that bad?

There is no evidence for this day being any worse than any others. Mental health experts don’t like the phrase Blue Monday as depression isn’t like that, you don’t get it on one specific day and then that’s it. Even so, as I look out of my window it is grey and raining so I could almost believe its true. But even with all the media hype, it does not have to be a depressing time.  Here are some of the things you can do to cheer yourself up.

Things that can help

  1. Watch something cheerful. An uplifting film or comedy. Whatever you do, don’t watch the news.
  2. Don’t make resolutions. If you want to change something don’t link it to the new year. This is especially true of diets. January is not the time of year to starve yourself. People often get ill at this time of year as their immune system is low. The dark nights, cold, damp weather of January is a time to nourish yourself. This doesn’t mean eating rubbish but rather eating hearty but healthy food like casseroles and soups.
  3. Take some exercise. Get outside, even if the weather isn’t that great, put your boots or wellies on and a coat, scarf and hat and get out into the countryside if you can. If not go into a park or somewhere green. Take a yoga or Pilates class or practice mindfulness and meditation.
  4. Make an effort to be sociable and go and see people and get out to events.
  5. Make sure you get enough sleep. Your sleep pattern may be disturbed from late nights over the holidays. The dark mornings and nights don’t help either. Set yourself a time to go to bed and to get up and keep to it even at the weekends, as much as possible.
  6. If you are worried about debt or divorce, go and see someone.  Make sure you don’t just sit and worry as this is the worst thing you can do.

So to cheer you up here is a picture of puppies in a basket.


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