So today is what’s known as Blue Monday. It falls on the third Monday of the January and it’s said to be the saddest day of the year. The reason why is a combination of cold weather, post- Christmas sadness and money crunch after the holidays. For many it’s a day where you’re just in a bad funk. I know for me the winter months tend to play a toll on my mood and motivation. While the New Year sets off a light to start tackling new goals, it’s also a brutally cold month with nothing to look forward to until maybe Valentine’s Day.
So what are some ways to beat the Blue Monday blues?
1. Go for a Workout
For those who are less enthused by getting their sweat on, I get it. Why in the world would you go to the gym and leave your warm comfy bed? It’s a proven fact that a workout is a great stress reliever as well as a happy endorphin releaser. It doesn’t have to be anything too intense. Hell, you don’t even have to leave your home. I’m a huge fan of at home workouts. I actually tend to get through my workout faster and more intensely while at home anyway since I’m not waiting around for a machine or weights. Do a yoga flow on Youtube, grab a quick HIIT from Pinterest. There are countless ways to get your body moving, but once you do you won’t regret it and watch your mood improve.
2. Treat Yourself
This doesn’t mean buy the $200 jacket you’ve been eyeing. Treatng yourself could mean letting yourself rest, it could mean eating chocolate, it could mean spending a hour by yourself. Treating yourself is simply taking time to check in and love yourself. I think we often associate “self-care” with a lot of materialistic things because of Youtube and Instagram. But there are plenty of ways to treat yourself without breaking the bank. Do something out of the ordinary that you usually put to the side. For me I often prioritize work over relaxation. If I’m not creating I’m usually telling myself I should be. If youre a Type A workaholic like me I get it. But take some time and let yourself unwind in whatever way works for you.
3. Eat a Nourishing Meal
Let’s face it, food is thy medicine, right? Food and what you’re putting into your body is a big factor in how your body runs and how your mind feels. If all you’re eating is junk, you’re body is going to feel like junk. The best thing you can do for your body is make a meal filled with tons of vegetables and phytonutrients that are going to help stabilize your mood and leave you feeling full and warm inside. My favorite meal for that is probably quinoa chilli. If you haven’t tried it before, make it. It will change your comfort food game.
Just remember to be gentle with yourself. If there’s any negative self-talk, nip it in the bud. You are exactly where you need to be, experiencing everything you need to experience. Take this time to really be kind to yourself. No one is perfect and no on is on top of the ball 150% of the time, so don’t put the pressure on yourself to be unstoppable. Rest is just as important as grind, if not even more so. Rest is what keeps the grind sustainable without burning out. What good are you if you’re sick or just overly defeated? It’s ok to not be ok. Find what works for you and stick with it.