Blue Monday is the 3rd Monday of the year and is often referred to as the most depressing day of the year. It’s a time when winter is feeling particularly dark and cold: Christmas is over, most people have broken their New Year’s resolutions, and most importantly Christmas bills are coming in and most people went over their budget. There are a few things you can do to beat this slump before it even hits you:
- Prepare yourself: Be aware that this darker Monday is coming up: Mondays can be hard enough as it is but coupled with the long cold, dark winter, this is a Monday that is typically worse. The most important thing is to know that you’re not alone. If you’re feeling down find someone who you can talk to such as a friend you can confide in. If you’re really feeling down talk to your family doctor who may recommend a therapist or even a psychiatrist.
- Pick up a copy of my book, 52 Ways to Beat Depression Naturally, where you can find lots of great ways to get out of a slump, if it’s just a bad day or clinical depression. Some great tips from my book include changing your thoughts and focusing on what you’re grateful for. A lot of our mood has to do with what we are thinking about. Typically on a Monday morning you may be thinking about how you have a long busy (maybe even unfulfilling) week ahead of you. Instead of focusing on these negatives try to think of what you are grateful for. It could be that you feel well rested, that your boss won’t be in today, or that you have fun plans this coming weekend.
- Another tip from my book is to reflect on your life and on your mood. Reflecting on your mood is a great way to determine how you are doing. It’s important to note that mood oscillates with time and with the ups and downs of life. Just because you are a 2 on the happiness scale today does not mean it won’t go up and just because you are a 10 one day does not mean you’re happiness will always be 10. While reflecting, try to think of one thing you can do to make yourself happier. If you’re having a hard time doing this try reading my book or talk to your family doctor or a psychotherapist.
When you’re feeling down it can be easy to think you will feel this way forever. It’s easier to fall into certain depressive behaviours such as oversleeping, overeating and withdrawing from your social life. If you feel yourself starting to become depressed, combat it with one of the tips listed here, particularly given Blue Monday is coming in a few days.