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Winter Blues Got You Down? 7 Natural Tips To Beat the Blues

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access_time January 18, 2016 chat_bubble_outline 0 comments

The third Monday of January is known as Blue Monday—the most depressing day of the year. It’s when New Year resolutions die, holiday credit card bills start to show up in the mail, and winter is in full force, with many more weeks of it on the horizon. But is it real?

The term “Blue Monday” has become quiet common in reference to the third Monday of January. The term was postulated by a man named Cliff Arnall in 2005, after adding together different variables and coming up with the idea that the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year. That would make this Monday, January 18th as “Blue Monday”.

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Monday can actually be the healthiest day of the week. People see Monday as a fresh start and a day to get their act together.. Monday helps people get back on track with health goals that they’ve set for themselves. It’s a cue that comes around every week, kind of like a mini New Year’s.

Whether you’re feeling down or optimistic on “Blue Monday” or any other day of the week, there are some things you can do to beat the blues and stay positive:

1. IDENTIFY NECESSARY CHANGES

Look at your lifestyle objectively and see if there are obvious changes you can make. See yourself as you are in your relationships and make changes in the way you relate so you can have the kind of relationships that add to your well-being.

2. SET SHORT-TERM TANGIBLE GOALS

Most people start to lose steam on their New Year’s resolution after three weeks. Use “Blue Monday” to recharge and keep going. The best way to work through it is to set short-term tangible goals on this day to accomplish for the end of the month.. Keep it simple; choose one or two and write down something you can do daily to create a new habit.

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3. THINK OF MONDAY AS A RECOMMIT DAY

Whether it’s sticking to a diet or exercise routine, quitting smoking or another health goal, Monday is the day to state your goals for yourself.

Also use Monday as a day to plan ahead. “How will you fit your healthy activities into your busy schedule? What kinds of barriers or triggers to bad behavior should you watch out for and make a plan to avoid?.
Making a plan is a great way to make those behavior changes stick.

4. TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT

This doesn’t have to be big, it can be as simple as taking a five-minute walk a day, or go out to somewhere you would not normally go out to. Getting out of a rut takes a change in scenery.

5. KEEP THE BILLS IN PERSPECTIVE

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6. STAY SOCIAL

People will often withdraw from work, family, recreation . . . all the things that can actually help.
Make sure to connect, Reach out to people or focus on yourself and stay healthily busy.

7. DON’T LET THE WEATHER STOP YOU

Too many people wait until March or April to get outdoors. Winters can be long and very cold, but you can allways take out your snowshoe and hike, and that absolutely makes January doable. Get up. Get out. Get going.

With light & joy,

El&Even

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