So what’s all this about Blue Monday?
According to Wikipedia Blue Monday is the name given to a day in January.
(Typically the third Monday of the month).
This year 17th January – (oh joy!) reported to be the most depressing day of the year.
However it can also be related to any Monday in January according to the sources.
So is it true?
No I very much doubt it – I’m not sure depression / mood works like that?
Factors contributing towards blue Monday?
They say that contributing factors are post christmas blues, horrid weather, dark mornings and evenings, credit card bills, broken new years resolutions.
You name it – it’s in there (tight trousers?).
Granted I too am getting mighty peeved off with the dark mornings. I have to put the light on to get dressed.
For me this is the worst part – these dark mornings.
I’m used to coming home in the dark but rain pelting against the window at what feels like the middle of the night is not that pleasant! And now possibly snow?
But we must get over it – we should maybe use this time to focus on ourselves.
Now the mayhem of Christmas is out the way I’m guessing we have more time for ourselves.
I seem to have more time (shock horror) and as you can probably tell I’ve been busier on the blog and I love that. I’m not baking at the moment 🙁 miss it! – no cakes in my house (unless I’m baking with the kids) 🙁
And are you doing #Dryathalon – talk about do it all at once – I’m not but I know a lot are.
Really trying with #HEALTHYEPLS and it seems to be working.
Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves – maybe we just shouldn’t
Maybe we should just ‘be’
I am starting to feel better and I’m out walking at any opportunity (difficult when it’s peeing it down) or even “mummy dancing” in the kitchen. I think I’m fab – but apparently not :-).
So instead of baking I am focusing on developing some nice #Healthy dishes. Have you tried any yet? Please do and let me know how you get on….
I think we all need to try and do something positive in January – like read that book you’ve been putting off reading, clean out your wardrobe (that’s one for me)
Go have coffee with someone nice – just use the winter as the reason to do the things we never have time to do when the sun’s shining.
Seriously Depression & Anxiety really is a bitch, I’m sure most of us all know that and it’s no joke! – it is an illness and not JUST a down feeling (this infuriates me). And totally unrelated to Blue Monday!
We need to take care of ourselves and those around us.
We must not watch people spiralling downwards – we need to be aware.
Turn it on it’s head – Blue Monday?
My plan is to turn this January on its head and make it a very positive month.
I am trying to lose some pounds, up my walking (if you have a Fitbit and fancy a challenge just let me know – it has a cool challenge bit and a little competition never hurt anyone. We are all winners in the end).
Clean some cupboards out, see some friends and relax and rest before the summer madness starts.
On Monday 17th January (so called Blue Monday) I will strive to be upbeat.
I’m trying to do a good deed for someone randomly (not sure what yet).
Or I may even spend the evening on the phone calling a friend I haven’t spoken to for a long time….
Maybe watch that film I haven’t had time to watch.
Or spend the evening with a new beau? Maybe ;-).
This January so far I have seen more of my friends and we share a dinner & drinks together in the week. I do love to sit round a table eating, drinking and chatting!
What will you do to make January a bit easier?
Please share your comments below – I love to get messages it brightens up my Blue Monday 😉
And on a Blue Monday maybe dream of holidays?
Here’s my lovely ‘A week doing Nothing’ post….
Take Care, Big Love Clare x