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:
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:
- 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.
- Put on your best lingerie and feel absolutely bangin’. You’ll feel more confident, no matter what you’re wearing (or not) on top.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Binge on Netflix. Who says you need a partner for Netflix and chill? Just chill with yourself and the Fresh Prince.
- Do your hair (or makeup, girls) and make yourself look even more incredible. It’s a real confidence boost, try it.
- 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)**