Blue Monday: Is it compulsory?

So, the press tell us it’s ‘Blue Monday’. I have to confess, this annual ‘event’ is new to me, but apparently it’s been in existence for at least a handful of years. For those of you equally unaware, this is supposedly the most depressing day of the year. The reasons cited include debt due to Christmas spending, poor weather and failed New Year resolutions. It’s also been suggested that this is the day on which travel companies get a higher-than-average number of bookings – the disillusioned looking for a sunshine boost, perhaps? My inner cynic is attempting a bit of mischief-making here: is Blue Monday yet another opportunity to entice spending? That said, if you are having a tough day, whatever the reason, here are some strategies that could help.

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  1. Your mind is a powerful influencer. Take a good breath in, stretch out your arms (however best you can) and smile (if only to release tension around the jaw), and kickstart the brain into thinking that things are OK. You may need to repeat a couple of times, but eventually your body will get the idea.
  2. Be kind to yourself. Just for now, accept things as they are. Allowing yourself to do this, if only for a few moments, can be remarkably freeing.
  3. Try to stay aware of your breath. Use the breath as an anchor for the here and now. If you feel yourself slipping into negative thought patterns (very easy; we ALL do it), gently and kindly bring yourself back to the breath.

Small things can make a big difference. 🙂

text © wellbeing practitioner 2016

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