The third Monday of each January is “Blue Monday”, a.k.a the most depressing day of the year. This day originated in 2005 when a British travel agency ( based on some psuedo science) declared that by the third Monday of every January factors such as cold and lightless day, holiday debt and failed resolutions lead one to feel tremendously depressed. Most consider this a public realtions scam created to motivate people into book holidays to warmer climes and yet, the internet and all of our news agencies flood us with information on how to get through Blue Monday. Advice such as expose yourself to more sunlight, (however if you are in debt we do not sugget you seek out sunlight by booking a holiday vacation), and engage in activities that release the feel good hormone endorphins are posited to help one to overcome the “most depressing day or the year”.
On Monday we shared a Blue Monday article on our Facebook page, one of our followers sent us a private message declaring that Blue Monday for her is the beginning of weeks of feeling tired, and unresponsive to the people around her. It’s ok to allow yourself to have low moments, and its even ok to do this on the proscribed Blue Monday however, 10% of all Canadians suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD) . As we have mentioned in the past this is a type of mood disorder that is controlled by the change in seasons and most sufferers claim that by the middle of January their symptoms hit their apex. We have included the most popular ways to deal with SAD.
1.) Investing in SAD lighting: Suffers report exposure to Light Treatment Devices help to alleviate their sympotms as, this therapy address the root problem, the of lack of natural light during the winter months.
2.) Get Organized and Maintain a routine:Many who suffer from SAD describe feeling crushed by feelings of disorganization and lost sense of purpose. Keeping an organized work and home environment as well as sticking to a schedule will help relieve those feelings of being lost and overwhelmed.
3.) Stay Active: We cannot stress this enough! Being active releases higher levels of dopamine the effects of which are felt long after your workout
4.) Get Enough Sleep: Sleep is critical as it effects ones overall mood and energies.
5.) Healthy Diet: Avoiding refined sugar and heavily processed food will help to eliminate erratic energy levels (Feelings of high energy quickly followed by low energy). When you body is healthy is can better deal with the stressors of SAD.
6.) Keep in touch with your medical practitioner and seek help when you feel your condition is getting out of hand.