Today is supposedly, Blue Monday or the third Monday in January, coined as the most depressing and sad day of the year. I actually hate that this even gets so much attention, because there is no credible evidence or science to support this.
It was actually a Travel Agent that initially put forward the idea- so ignore and do not let that thought take hold in your mind.
Any day can be blue and any day can be bright.
You may find January difficult for other reasons. Maybe you overindulged or overspent at Christmas. Perhaps Covid compromised the whole thing, and you never got the uplift that Christmas can give. Of course you may suffer with seasonal affective disorder/winter depression the absence of light is a factor that impacts mood. Light boxes and lamps are very helpful for you, combined with your normal medication regime.
- Get into the light all you can – it will improve your mood but also your sleep. Use your lunchtime for a brisk walk.
- Slowly build the life you want for yourself- and be kind as you meet the challenges that seem too difficult for you right now.
- Reflect on what you want to be different and think about it, as opposed to springing into action with big resolutions that will ultimately be too much. Think about why you want this change? What will it really mean for you? Break it down like a project into its component parts and start in an incremental way, with a realistic eye on the time frame.
- If you want a quick mood lift – try or do something new.
Remember You never fail until you stop trying ! Albert Einstein