Five ways to beat 'Blue Monday'
Here we are again... Blue Monday. That day where questionable science has told us that it's the most depressing day of the year based on distance from the next holiday / cold / lack of sun and a bunch of other factors.
Ahhh... Doesn't just daydreaming about this make you feel better?
Sure, it's a little on the grey side. It's January, after all, and unless you're lucky enough to live in a more mediterranean climate, you've just got to come to terms with it (or seriously make a life plan to get out of your cold, nothern home!). I just don't love the idea of pseudoscience telling people how they should be feeling... or justifying it unnecessarily. I mean, if you're having a great Monday, who wants to hear that it's the most depressing day of the year? And if you're not having a great day to start off with, wouldn't you rather have someone cheering you up with information, rather than telling you just how crap today is? Maybe that's just me.
Anyway, regardless of how you feel about Blue Monday as a 'fact', it did get me thinking about how to get through the winter. To be honest, it's not too different from any other day or time of year that might be getting you down.
1. Book something fun! There's loads of research that shows us that spending our money doing things instead of buying things makes us happier... so take some time today and book your next weekend away, holiday or try something new that you've been meaning to do.
2. Get some exercise. Endorphins are definitely your friend. Get a move on during your lunch or head to a class after work. Doing something good for yourself not only starts your week off right, it will genuinely boost your mood.
3. Express gratitude. Have a job (even if it's a bit of a pain sometimes)? Got a nice pre-made lunch? Wearing your favourite shoes? Your train is actually on time? Being grateful even for the small things will definitely make you feel better today.
4. Treat yourself. Go on, have a little bit of chocolate. Enjoy that lunch that you normally avoid for the healthy option. Buy yourself a coffee on the way to work instead of drinking the sludge that comes out of the machine in your office kitchen. I'm a big fan of the small treat. Go for it!
5. Eat your greens (and reds and yellows and...). Not entirely the opposite of the above, although it might sound like it, getting your daily dose of colourful fruit and vegetables will definitely make you feel better. It's all about the little things, right?
Do you buy in to the idea of Blue Monday or is it just another day? What do you do if you're feeling low any other day of the year?