January 20, 2020, is deemed ‘Blue Monday.’ a name that’s given to the third Monday of January. It’s claimed to be the most depressing day of the year based on an equation that takes into account weather conditions in the Northern Hemisphere. It was first publicized by Sky Travel, a vacation company, in a 2005 press release. Other factors include credit card debt from the holiday season that is now arriving in the mail, and some people have more substantial sums to pay on their bills. The month seems long and snowy. The ecstatic excitement of the Christmas holiday season with family time is over, and life is back to normal. Not to mention, January is one heck of a long cold month.
All this adds up to the seasonal blue moods, causing people to struggle with sadness and depression. If you are looking for a way to increase your mood on this Blue Monday, an excellent place to start is with gratitude. What are you grateful for today? Grab a pen and paper and set the timer for 5 minutes and list all the things, no matter how small or big that you are grateful for in your life.
Something else that helps is movement. Moving can include walking, visiting the gym, running, cycling, and exercising and more. When we move, stagnant energy that pools in places as we sit – like around the hips – has the chance to dissipate and circulate throughout the body. Something as simple as getting up during the commercials while watching television and walking around the house works. When was the last time you danced? Set some tunes on and move – any which way you choose. Close the drapes if you think someone might see you!
There are many ways to increase your mood like sitting and soaking up sunshine coming in through the window. Watch a funny movie, live-talk (no text messages) to someone you didn’t get a chance to see over the holiday season or volunteer at the local animal shelter.
In my book, Today I AM… An Empowering Journal Back To Self, I list many practices to help increase happiness, joy, and gratitude. If you’re struggling to find more Joy in your life, then be sure to pick up a copy of this book.