Not another Blue Monday?
It’s the most depressing day of the year, did you know? Can you feel it? The Monday changes every year too, but has nothing to do with lunar cycles or spring or anything like that.
It’s kind of makey-upy and not really a real thing that was devised by a travel agency.
They worked it out as a time that denotes the stretch since Christmas, the amount of debt you accrued, the time since faltering on your resolutions and how long you have until payday.
It’s generally the third Monday in January and so if you look around, some are saying it’s still to come next week.
It was created as a travel company’s PR stunt to prompt people to book their summer holiday.
Pointing out that this day is so depressing, they suggested offsetting it by booking your summer holiday. Quite smart really. Good to plan stuff to look forward to.
It’s Monday, albeit a Monday and in January. The country has experienced some extremes of weather over the last couple of months but it seems to be settling.
But, really one day is as any other. Let’s not condemn one over another.
There can be a strong temptation to go into hibernation mode right now, but after a stage of physical inactivity cutting yourself off will take its toll on your mood and sense of wellbeing.
Getting through the rest of winter
Here are some tips to look after your yourself during these cold, possibly debt-ridden months
- Eat a balanced diet
- Keep active, even a brisk walk can give you an effective endorphin (happy hormones) rush
- Make sure you’re getting enough good quality sleep
- Stay connected, talk with friends and family – in person, phone, skype, whatsapp or messenger, whatever means!
Do your best to look after your mental health on blue, green, orange (whatever the colour) Monday.