Blue Monday is upon us. “Reported to be the most depressing day of the year for countries in the Northern Hemisphere.”
BM only became a ‘thing’ in 2005 when this bloke, Cliff Arnall, did a fancy albeit confusing equation.
Do we all get this? Cool. OF COURSE NOT!!
Allow me to add a key:
W = weather
T = time since Christmas
Q = time since failing our new years resolutions (God know’s how that’s a Q)
M = low motivation levels
N = low motivation levels again (apparently that needed to be mentioned twice).
So there you have it, that’s Blue Monday. We could use this equation….. OR, instead refer to my simple summary: It’s cold, dark, you’re broke and there’s still two weeks until pay day. The new year’s resolutions have gone out the window, and you can’t be arsed doing anything productive.
There are those who argue that BM was created by a holiday company. Makes sense I guess, who goes away in January? (Me, because I totally planned ahead and knew that Jan would be rough). But still.
I think it’s good that as a nation we can except sadness as being a valid emotion, even if just for one day. Most of the time we keep it under lock and key, pretending to be fine and happy. So I like to think of Blue Monday as national, ‘it’s ok to be sad if you want to’ day.
For me, the answer is to take the bull by the horns. You know it’s coming, so take control by doing something positive. By positive I don’t mean shouting affirmations at yourself in the mirror, (unless that works). I mean, be proactive. Plan something with friends or family. Even if it’s just nipping round for a cuppa. DO NOT BE ALONE AND CURL UP WITH YOUR DEMONS. Get up and DO something.
Blue Monday is a great opportunity to crack open your mental health first aid kit. For more ideas, check out these posts:
If you know someone who’s going through a hard time, then message to say that you’re thinking about them. A simple gesture can mean the world. My closest mates often send me cards.
My plans? I’ll be signing books during the day at Foyles (there’s only seven in stock, but I’m ridiculously excited)! Then lunch and a natter with my husband. Then in the evening I’ll be at the ELLE ‘How to be Happy Event,‘ listening to some inspiring women talk.
Let me know what your Blue Monday plans are!
Some awesome mental charities to mention, just because.
And don’t forgot to use the code MAD for a cheeky 10% off my book.