Beating the blues on Blue Monday

Blue Monday, what is that? I thought every Monday was ‘blue’. Well apparently there is an unscientific mathematical way of working out when the most depressing day of the year is…

Basically it means that based on the weather, debts from Christmas, time since Christmas, motivation or lack thereof, failing resolutions and the Christmas weight that we haven’t yet shifted, the third Monday in January is deemed the most depressing day of the year. As we are in lockdown again, we want to try and tackle the effects of Blue Monday with some positive thoughts, here goes! 

Think Positive

Firstly let’s battle this equation. On the weather front, yes it is a bit gloomy and cold out there but if you think about it, we are heading back towards spring and lighter days. One month until the flowers are blooming again and start feeling the warmth from the sun. Whatever the weather is I think you should make the most of it and think POSITIVE!

So, if it’s cold and rainy, we’re mostly at work or working from home anyway so the weather really doesn’t matter, does it? Plus who doesn’t love lighting the fire and cuddling on the sofa under a blanket with a nice hot cup of tea…bliss. Why let something that you can’t change bring you down?

No one likes paying off debts, and the credit card bill might be a shock when it lands on your carpet in the morning. But when you open it think of what it bought you; those smiles as your family opened their presents and the smell of a gorgeous Christmas dinner. Come on, tell me it wasn’t absolutely worth every penny.

New year's resolutions

Ah, the New Year's Resolutions thing. Maybe don’t put yourself under the pressure of having one? Thinking about giving up chocolate or even cutting out all sugary things all together? Now you might just be setting yourself up for failure – I would be miserable without nice things to eat, and I would certainly fail very quickly, making me more miserable. But I have made a conscious effort to reduce the amount of rubbish I eat, so I feel pleased about that – it’s all about doing what is right for you.

So, instead of looking at back at what is gone, look forward, make plans to motivate yourself on this Blue Monday.  Where is your career going? Where can you take it? What can we hope to do later in the year with family and friends? Grab the bull by the horns! Get up, make something happen and get excited for the future! It’s not all doom and gloom, you can make life what you want it to be, just try.

Chin up and good luck for the next 11 months, before you know it, it will be November again and we will all be watching X Factor or Strictly Come Dancing, waiting for the new John Lewis advert to come on….

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By Victoria Cox – Adult Nursing student

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