Fats Domino sang about it. Blue Monday how I hate Blue Monday, Got to work like a slave all day
It was a catchy tune but I didn’t know it was a real thing. Turns out it IS! As I understand, Blue Monday is the third Monday of January. It’s when the holiday high completely crashes down on you. Horrible weather, your New Year resolution has failed horribly, and the holiday bills are rolling in. If you are starting to feel the seasonal depression now you know why!
Now how do we fight off Blue Monday?
Try aromatherapy? Use some scents that you relate to happiness. Ocean Breeze? Spring Garden? Whatever makes your nose happy!
Smile more! Don’t tell me that you have nothing to smile about. FIND something. Even the tiniest thing. When you smile or laugh your brain releases endorphins actually gives you a feeling of well being, warmth, and happiness Smiling and laughing as often as you can actually does make you a happier person.
Smile…though your heart is aching…Smile…even though it’s breaking… Nat King Cole, sang some words of wisdom telling us to go through life with a positive attitude. Great idea!
Dance! Turn on your favorite jam and let yourself dance like no one is watching. Have your kids join you for a dance party. You can’t avoid smiling and being happy when your kids are delighted.
Exercise! Yes, I know you are really busy but take a few minutes just for you and exercise. You don’t HAVE to go to the gym or spend an hour on the elliptical but do something. If you can take a walk outdoors you are combining exercise AND getting some Vitamin D exposure. Vitamin D acts on the areas of your brain that are linked to depression.
Catch up with a friend! Make a call, meet for coffee, chat online but find a way to connect with someone that makes you happy!
I also suggest having a good cry and getting it all out! Then pick yourself up, dust yourself off and know that it’s just Blue Monday and tomorrow is a new day. Let’s call it Happiness Tuesday!
Do you have some ideas to help fend off Blue Monday? Or general Winter depression? Share! Your idea may just be the one to help another!
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