So, Monday 17th January, this year, was deemed ‘Blue Monday’. Which means supposedly it was the most depressing day of the year!
Quite a statement, that out of 365 days and the billions of people on the planet, we should all share one day that we are the most depressed…
I say this in jest to point out that far too often our emotions and our judgements are swayed by the opinions and expectations of others. If we then become aware of that
fact, it simply loses all of its grasp or power over us.
So, why is this day in particular classed as blue Monday, and if we are feeling a little down in the dumps, what can we do to help ourselves?
It all comes down to the Christmas hangover and the lack of enthusiasm for our once life changing new years resolutions! Financially, January is a long month in comparison
to the short earnings in December, the nights are longer, the days damper and Summer seems oh such a long way away.
But I have news for you. It was exactly the same last year and the year before, and guess what, it will be the same next year! So, we can either choose to fall for it or we
can do something about it!
At the end of the day, it is only ourselves who are really in control of our thoughts and emotions. And here is the gold, you can do something about it and here is how!
Remember, stress, if not handled right will lead to emotional upset.
Stress as we have discussed in the clinic, comes in three forms:
Here are my top 3 tips to beat “Blue Monday”:
1. Physical – it is very easy this time of year to choose comfort, sit on the sofa or go
to a warm pub to get cozy by the fire and comfort ourselves. However, this has been shown to be bad for the brain and can perpetuate negative emotions.
Movement on the other hand, countless times, has been shown to be fantastic for changing how the brain fires and functions. I like to say, “as the body moves, the brain
Quite simply, move! Walk around the block, climb the stairs, do some jumping jacks.
Whatever you choose, just move!
2. Chemical – there are some great supplements out there to help our brain and our body find more energy and happiness. As a general rule, these three are great this
time of year. Please consult your GP or a nutritional therapist for specific advice.
- Vitamin B (happy pill)
- Co Enzyme Q10 (energy pill)
- Vitamin D3 (sunshine pill)
3. Emotional – what is the opposite of depression? You know it, gratitude!
The emotion of gratitude, being grateful, is the opposite emotion of depression and the two cannot exist in the brain at the same time. Therefore, take at least 5 minutes a
day to STOP and think about all the things you are grateful for. The more you do this, the better you will be, and the easier you will find it to manage the depressive
I know this will help you have a happy week!