Today may seem like any other normal Monday to you but today is known as ‘Blue Monday’ it happens on the third Monday in January but there is no scientific evidence to back up why it’s the most depressing day of the year.
Why is today known as Blue Monday and where does it originate from?
According to the psychologist Dr Cliff Arnall, today is the most depressing day of the year”, when we are all at our most melancholy. But how is this calculated? (Yes, there is a formula for it).
[W+(D-d)]xTQ/MxNA – where W is weather, D is debt, d monthly salary, T time since Christmas, Q time since failure of attempt to give something up, M low motivational level and NA the need to take action.
Still not convinced? Neither are we! But it doesn’t stop it trending on Twitter every year and being mentioned on the radio or in the media.
How to beat the January Blues
In all seriousness, many people do get depressed at this time of year due to many factors such as being in debt because of Christmas, the lousy weather, New Year’s Resolutions going out of the window and having nothing to look forward to for a while.
Here are a few ideas that will help you beat those January Blues.
Make your New Year’s Resolutions realistic
If you have decided that this year you will run a marathon, start your own business and climb Mount Everest, the next 12 months will seem like an impossible task.
Break down your resolutions into manageable tasks and ones that you know you can stick to.
Going for a 10 minute walk on your lunch break to get some fresh air and Vitamin D from the sun or aim to eat more fruit and vegetables every day (this will also make you feel better) these kind of tasks are more likely to happen and less likely for you to break.
Get some exercise
Regular exercise helps ease depression in a number of ways:
- Increasing body temperature, which may have calming effects
- Releasing feel-good brain chemicals that may ease depression
- Social Interaction, a great way to socialise and meet people
If you are not used to exercising, try some gentle exercise at first such as, walking, Pilates or swimming.
Eating the right foods
There are certain foods that you can eat to help beat depression.
Leafy Greens, they fight against all kinds of inflammation, and according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry, severe depression has been linked with brain inflammation. Leafy greens are especially important because they contain lots of vitamins A, C, E, and K, minerals and phytochemicals.
Berries, such as Blueberries and Strawberries are some of the highest antioxidant foods available to us. A study from the Government Medical College in Nagpur India found that people suffering from major depression have lower blood-antioxidant levels. What this means is that people who suffer from depression may also be suffering from a lack of antioxidant protection.
Tomatoes, contain lots of folic acid and alpha-lipoic acid, both of which are good for fighting depression.
Talk to the Norfolk Clinic, we are here to help
We have clinicians here at the Norfolk Clinic who are trained to treat and talk to clients suffering with depression and anxiety. Just some of the treatments we offer to help such clients are; Reflexology, Counselling and Hypnotherapy.
Please call us on 01603 660792 to book an appointment.