Blue Monday is the third Monday in January, and is known as the saddest, and most depressing day of the year. Phew, let that sink in for a moment – or don’t … as my advice may be.
In this article I am going to give you 5 tips on turning your Blue Monday into one of the happiest days of your year. You ready? Grab a warm drink, get your feet up, and keep reading.
1. DECIDE TO MAKE TODAY YOU MIONDAY, RATHER THAN BLUE MONDAY.
The first thing that I suggest, as in my introduction, is to choose NOT to make today BLUE MONDAY. We don’t have to listen to what the media tell us, and we can let today be just like any other Monday. Better still, we can make an ACTIVE CHOICE to make today YOU Monday rather than Blue Monday, which means make this a day where you do the things that make you happy.
Go to the shop, get some chocolate, or whatever is your fancy, take a hot bath, use those best bath salts, wear clothes that make you feel happy, dance to your favourite tunes in the kitchen…’ You get the idea. Make today about YOU.
2. TAKE THE DAY OFF SOCIAL MEDIA
Again this is part of taking control back and saying NO to seeing all of the posts about Blue Monday. You do not need to have your mood fed with negativity. Choose to take the day off social media and as I said in step one, make today a YOU day.
Get over your FOMO (Fear of missing out), write a status, let people know you are ok you are just taking a day off social media. Put the phone down, reduce your screen time, you will be far too busy for that today, with your you time!
3. PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL SOMEONE.
Okay, I just told you to put the phone down, but I mean purely on social media. I do however advocate picking up the phone to someone and checking in on how they’re feeling. January does seem to be the longest month ever, and lockdown isn’t helping that. Pick up the phone to someone, ask them how they are doing and focus on enjoying some REAL connection.
Think about who has been silent lately – we really do need to be checking in on eachother at the moment, and sometimes a good old chin wag can make the world of difference.
4. GET OUT IN THE DAYLIGHT, EVEN IF IT MIGHT BE COLD OR RAINING.
it might feel and look dreary, but we still need to get in some daylight. Vitamin D deficiency is a major reason as to why we experience depression even more so during the winter. There might be less visible sunlight but we can still get all that we need vitamin wise. Plus, getting a daily walk and fresh air can work wonders as an instant mood lift.
Be sure to get out daily but also to take a Vitamin D supplement during the winter, to keep your Vitamin D levels adequate – which is also an important step in the fight against Coronavirus.
5. BE GENTLE ON YOURSELF, IT’S ONLY 24 HOURS.
If you are finding today difficult, because it’s Blue Monday or otherwise, know that it will soon be over. 24 hours – and then it is just a regular Tuesday! Be gentle on yourself, take some time to do things that make you feel good, or give yourself permission to DO NOTHING.
Often when we hear that a day has a special meaning to it, we create an emotional build up and feel that the day MUST mean something. This is just another Monday, and like every Monday before it, it will soon be over. Time is precious, so try to value it.
I hope that this article helps some, and as always, if you are struggling, then I am always here to help you. Why not book a clarity call and talk to me?
Until next week, have the best week that you can under these bizarre circumstances,