You've heard, for sure, about Blue Monday. Monday, January 20, 2020, is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year, according to Cliff Arnall, a tutor at the Center for Lifelong Learning at Cardiff University, who coined the term in 2005 (January 24).
Arnall calculated that the third Monday in January was the most depressing day of the year for several reasons. The holidays are over. You're out of money because you spent it all in December. The weather is cold and gray. Most likely, you have already given up on New Year's resolutions.
Although "Blue Monday" has been dubbed a pseudoscientific term by scientists, who say the idea favors depression, if you're feeling a bit sad this Monday, here are five things you can do to brighten up a little Monday.
Treat yourself to flowers
Science has proven that flowers have a positive effect on our emotional well-being. Buy a bouquet for yourself, or better yet, share your love and send it to some mom, girlfriend, or sister.
Get out with friends
Spending time outdoors has proven to be both depression and loneliness. There's nothing wrong with wrapping up in a blanket and drinking a cup of tea slowly in the winter, but if you've spent enough time in this state, try going out this Monday. Find something in town that can break down your winter afternoon routine at home.
Move the body, do physical activity
Even if you are too cold to go outdoor, use your gym membership card or sign up for a yoga class. Even if you realize that the goal of getting into the jeans of 10 years ago that you set yourself for this year is putting a lot of pressure on you, start practicing today for the sake of your happiness. Exercises increase endorphin levels and make you calmer and happier
I express gratitude
Expressing gratitude helps you improve your health and strengthen your relationships. Make a list of things you are thankful for in your life today, or if you have more than 10 minutes, write some thank yous for loved ones for Christmas gifts or just because you want to thank them. Everyone loves to receive letters or messages and you will feel a good sense of humor by appreciating the wonderful people around you.
Find your Ikigai
If you're feeling a little lost these days, use Monday to focus your efforts on finding a purpose in life. While this may seem like a daunting task, the Japanese concept of ikigai, or a purpose of existence, can help you get out of the routine and find out what you will accomplish this year. To find your ikigai, make a list of what you want, what you know how to do, what the world needs and what you can pay for.
Note: Ikigai - the Japanese secret to long and happy life.