Do you know what this past Monday was? It was ‘Blue Monday’.
What is Blue Monday?
Blue Monday, the Monday in the last week of January, is a term coined by health officials for the most depressing day of the year. Why? It’s due to multiple reasons including:
- Bills needing to be paid (after holiday expenditures)
- The holiday season being over, meaning fewer interactions with friends and family and settling into the school/work/daily routine
- Inability to see through and stick to New Year’s resolutions
- Overall gloomy winter season, contributing to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Lack of exposure to sunlight
What are some practical tips to beat Blue Monday symptoms or maybe SAD symptoms?
- Get out: Make sure you receive at least 10 minutes of sunlight every day. This can boost your mood instantly.
- Exercise: Exercise is known to clinically result in decreased levels of depression. Get those endorphin levels up whether its hitting the gym, going for a brisk walk or dancing like a maniac in your room!
- Eat healthy: Make sure you make good eating choices. Avoid those carbs, sugary-filled foods, and opt for fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Plan fun activities: January is usually the odd month without any major holidays or festive activities. Plan in time to socialize with friends, explore your city and schedule ‘you-time’ to do the things you love.
Leena is a current undergraduate student in her final year of the Honours Life Sciences (BSc .) program at McMaster University. Her experience in taking a minor in Business has broadened her interests in the cross-sectional fields of science, business and health studies. When she is not busily writing, she assists students in branding themselves for success through the use of McMaster’s Learning Portfolio.