It’s the most Monday-est Monday in the whole calendar, so much so, over the last few years, it’s been dubbed ‘Blue Monday’. Supposedly the most depressing day of the year, the third Monday in January is when people have lower moods and motivation due to the dark, cold weather and come down from the Christmas festivities.
However, there is no clear scientific evidence to back up the ‘Blue Monday’ claims, but if you’re finding yourself a little down-in-the-dumps this week, then we’ve got some great advice for keeping your chin up or, just spreading love to those feeling a little low.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean over-indulge and scoff down on a box of biscuits, but it does mean up your intake of mood-boosting foods such as avocados, nuts and dark chocolate.
Wear bright clothing
Find the brightest thing in your wardrobe and put it on. It might seem small, but it has been shown that wearing brighter clothes can improve your mood!
Plan a trip
Been meaning to book in your next holiday, mini-break or day trip? Do it today! Nothing is more exciting and mood boosting than planning something you can really look forward to.
Get out and about
Absorbing as much sun as possible in the winter months can be a little trickier, but not impossible! Making the most of your free time and getting outside in the fresh air can be a fantastic way to keep your good mood sustained. Try going for a walk on your lunch break today and seeing if you’re more focussed and motivated in the afternoon!
Get an SAD lamp
If you’re struggling to see the daylight hours and find yourself feeling lower in the darker months, it could be that you suffer from SAD.
Investing in a light therapy lamp can boost your mood as it can make up for the sunlight you lack in the winter months. For more information on SAD, contact your Doctor or have a look on the NHS website.
So you know Blue Monday is coming, right? Take control of the situation and plan things that you know will make you happier to do that day. The day does not have to be blue just because the name tells you it is!
Make someone else feel good
Pay them a compliment, make your busy colleague a cuppa, run a bath for your significant other. It doesn’t have to be big, but do something that will make someone else feel good and see how wonderful you feel just for cheering them up.
If you’re really struggling, don’t go it alone. Reach out to someone and talk about your concerns. You may be surprised the difference it makes just to air your worries and stop internalising them.
If you’re feeling lower than usual, come into clinic and see the Doctor, who can tell you ways of making adjustments in your life to feel better.