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‘Blue Monday’ – 5 Ways to Combat the Winter Blues

January 21, 2013

If you woke up this morning feeling a little less vibrant than your usual self, you’re not alone. The third Monday of January is known as “Blue Monday” in Europe, and researchers there have created a mathematical formula to show that today is the day people feel most depressed out of the entire year.

A combination of the cold weather, short days, post-holiday woes, waning motivation for New Year’s Resolutions, and the simple fact that it’s Monday, all conspire to drag down people’s moods. But instead of caving into sorrow, we have several suggestions on how to turn your mood around today – and for the rest of the cold winter season.

Make a Cup of Tea
Tea has many health benefits – and helping to get through a rough day is one. Because of its antioxidant powers, tea can help relax your mind, detox your body, boost energy, and fight cold symptoms that might be coming your way. Plus, it’s a great way to keep your hands and body temperature warm during the day.

Take a Social Break
It seems like we can get through anything in life with a good friend – even Blue Monday! Whether it’s stopping by a co-worker’s desk or at a neighbor’s home, or making a quick phone call to a friend or relative, taking a few minutes out of our day with people who put us in a good mood can make all the difference in your having a good day.

Make a Hearty Meal to Share
Glum days are the perfect excuse to stay in for dinner and cook up a warm, nutritious meal. Regular servings of whole fruits and vegetables are proven to lift the mood, and sharing a meal with your loved ones gives you the chance to fuel up on soul-soothing primary food.

Practice Self-Care
There’s no better time of the year than now to take care of yourself. Whether you prefer to meditate, take a walk, read motivational quotes, or write in your journal, today is the day to take the time to do what helps you relax. We recommend trying a self-massage at home for extra self-love.

Share Why You’re Cheerful
In protest of Blue Monday, people around the world are going on Twitter (#bluemonday), Facebook, and websites, to share why they are not sad, but cheerful! Talking about the positives help to mitigate the negatives on days like today. Not sure what to share? One woman posted, “My Fluffy Cat.”

How do you take care of yourself in the winter months?