Blue Monday is the name given to the third Monday in January which is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year.
The idea was first included in a press release from Sky Travel holiday company in 2005 which was designed to encourage prospective holidaymakers to escape the winter weather and have a holiday to look forward to!
Well, of course it’s nonsense. Some days are good. Some days are less so. There’s no such thing as the most depressing day of the year – and the remember that life at the Butterfly Loft is always wonderful 😊.
So, let’s have some fun with this. Chase off the alleged blues with some Butterfly tips.
1. Find three things to feel happy about
Focusing on what you have got to be grateful for rather than what you haven’t helps reduce that stress, especially if you write it down.
2. Eat mood-boosters
Making small strategic changes to your diet could dramatically reduce mood swings, food cravings, irritability and tiredness, plus boost your memory and concentration.
Mood-boosting foods include:
- Salmon (omega 3-rich fish oil may help with symptoms of depression)
- Lean red meat (keep iron stores up to fight tiredness and fatigue)
- Mussels (one of the highest sources of vitamin B12 as well as iron)
- Eggs (great source of B12, a deficiency of which has been linked to low mood and depression)
- Asparagus (one of the richest plant sources of tryptophan)
- Bananas (these contain the amino acid tryptophan plus vitamin B6 which helps convert tryptophan into boost-boosting serotonin)
- Oats (slow release sugars in these help maintain balanced blood sugar levels)
- Brazil nuts (rich in selenium, a deficiency of which is linked to low mood
- Pumpkin seeds (rich in magnesium. Low intakes are linked to low mood and depression)
- Dark chocolate (helps to trigger the pleasure hormone dopamine)
3. Be kind/ have chats
Research suggests that simple acts of kindness can improve your mental health and even reduce physical pain. Have a chat with the cashier at the post office or the person in the sandwich queue. Give blood, give up a seat for someone, give to charity or help carry a pushchair up the stairs. Being kind activates the parts of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection and trust creating a kind of ‘helper’s high’.
4. Get some sleep
Being sleep-deprived is linked to everything from weight gain to a weakened immune system, grumpiness and reduced productivity.
Ban the technology from your bedroom, avoid alcohol, don’t consume caffeine after 4pm, and try to get to bed at roughly the same time each night. Magnesium supplements can help you sleep.
5. Swallow some sunshine
Vitamin D is vital for immunity, as well as for healthy bones’, adding ‘deficiency is one reason why some people experience frequent coughs, colds, respiratory infections and even asthma attacks at this time of year. A lack of it is also linked to low mood and depression.
6. Go outside for a brisk walk
Walking for just 30 minutes is an effective way to help improve low mood, anxiety and mild to moderate depression. It should help you feel clearer-headed. (It will also help to shift any Christmas poundage!).
7. Plan a treat
Book a holiday, or maybe a long weekend at the Butterfly Loft.
Can’t afford a holiday? Book an event like a posh afternoon tea or a spa break – discounted ones are always available at the time of year on voucher sites like Groupon.
8. Be a scarlet woman (or man!)
My favourite “bleah buster” is to wear brightly coloured cosy clothing. It always boosts my mood. My jumper drawer is a blast of rainbow colours and I team up reds and purples with peacock blues, fuchsia, pumpkin gold and forest greens.
There is no science behind the idea of Blue Monday and it is entirely normal to feel a bit down about going back to work after the Christmas break. But if you dwell on how horrible it all is, the chances are you’ll feel rather grim. Try and change your internal monologue by writing down your achievements and goals, celebrating what you have accomplished, and breaking down your aims into bite-size pieces.
And finally, remember that tomorrow is another day; things will be looking much better.
Whether you’re travelling on business, on holiday or just catching up with friends and family. Book your happy days at The Butterfly Loft or Blue Monday and all year! Booking accommodation in Milton Keynes couldn’t be easier.
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