Blue Monday

Depression is a serious illness that should never be taken lightly. It’s deliberating and can be life-threatening. However, the media have come up with what is supposedly the worst day of the year: Blue Monday.

So, today is apparently the most depressing day of the year. There’s even an equation that sums this up:

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Yeah, no one would understand what that means in day to day life. Basically [W = Weather + (D = Debt – d = monthly salary)] x T = Time since Christmas to the power of Q = Time since failing New Year’s Resolutions over M = Motivation x Na = Need to take action = a pile of shit which is Blue Monday. When I think about Blue Monday personally, I think of the New Order classic, but that’s just me.

Let’s be honest though, it’s just another Monday, a marketing ploy. Mondays are never easy – in fact everyday is this ‘blue’ to those with depression, but here’s a few ideas to make this Monday (and every day when you need a little pick me up as depression doesn’t pick and choose when it happens) absolutely banging:

  1. Listen to some great music that makes you want to get up and dance/sing/become that person that everyone looks at weird at any social occasion. It’ll make you feel SO GOOD.
  2. Put on your best lingerie and feel absolutely bangin’. You’ll feel more confident, no matter what you’re wearing (or not) on top.
  3. Have a cuppa tea (or coffee, hot chocolate, maybe even sparkling water if that floats your boat). Just take 5 minutes to chill out, refresh and get on with whatever your doing.
  4. Get lost in a book! A real life physical book where you have to turn the pages yourself. Whatever you want to read, do it – there’s something out there for everyone.
  5. Throw a bath bomb in your bath and chill out. Lush bath bombs are the greatest with a particular favourite of mine being Sex Bomb. The aromas and warmth make you feel like some kind of wellness guru.
  6. Do some online shopping (no need to leave your bed). You don’t need to spend tonnes, even if you are just ‘window’ shopping for your dream wedding or your huge mansion – Pinterest is also great for this.
  7. Look at holidays, don’t worry about the price tag. Maybe you’ve always wanted to go to South Africa or to see the Northern Lights?! Well, have a look and let your imagination wander.
  8. Binge on Netflix. Who says you need a partner for Netflix and chill? Just chill with yourself and the Fresh Prince.
  9. Do your hair (or makeup, girls) and make yourself look even more incredible. It’s a real confidence boost, try it.
  10. Write a letter expressing anything you’re thinking or feeling. Good, bad, terrible, wonderful – whatever it is. It’ll help you to focus on what you need to do to improve.

I hope your Blue Monday isn’t too awful – but please remember that depression can strike on any day of the year and to anyone.

**If you or your loved one’s condition is critical, suicidal, or just very worrying, please call 999. You can also contact the Samaritans on 08457 909090 24 hours a day or Mind‘s infoline on 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri 9am-6pm)**

If you need help and support, you can email me (megrrees@gmail.com) or tweet me @megrrees.

M x

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