A (not so) Blue Monday
What is Blue Monday?
The third Monday of every January has developed a name for itself - Blue Monday. Thought to be the most depressing day of the year, Blue Monday was created back in 2005 by Sky Travel Shop, a television channel devoted exclusively to programs about traveling, documentaries, and ads for travel companies. It was published by a man named Cliff Arnall, who was a tutor at the "Centre for Lifelong Learning", a Further Education center attached to Cardiff University.
But is it really blue?
Well - there is a lot of speculation over the accuracy of Blue Monday. The formula is based on the factors that are the most likely to contribute to low mood, which are:
But this formula for calculating which day is the “bluest” day of the year has been mocked by many academics as pseudoscience, as it does not use any specific units. Therefore, there are many believers as well as many skeptics arguing over the legitimacy of Blue Monday.
A Not So Blue Monday
Whether this phenomenon is true or not, it presents a good opportunity to reflect on your own mental health. Are you feeling more down than usual? Is the cold getting to you - do you feel lethargic? Is your motivation dwindling - or are you readier than ever to tick things off your list? However you're feeling, we all have good and bad days. So here are some ways to help you stay positive if you are feeling a little bit stuck in the mud.
The endorphins generated when exercising will help to combat feelings of sadness and boost your mood! Even twenty to thirty minutes of activity is enough to create a noticable shift in your mindset.
It is scientifically proven that writing down as little as 5 things a day that you are grateful for can have a positive effect on you in many areas. It is proven to make you physically healthier, mentally stronger and can boost your self esteem. How to do it:
- Write down up to five things for which you feel grateful. The physical record is important—don’t just do this exercise in your head.
- These can be anything - from being graetful for your favourite song to being grateful for being alive.
Simply put, positive affirmations are phrases or statements used to challenge negative or unhelpful thoughts. They are happy and determined statements used to help build self-confidence and challenge low self esteem. Furthermore, there are empirical studies based on the idea that we can maintain our sense of self-integrity by telling ourselves (or affirming) what we believe in positive ways.
Whether you are feeling the effects of 'Blue Monday' or not, January can be hard for many of us. It's just as important as ever to look after our mental health.
Wishing you all the best,