GREEN Monday is arguably the saddest day of the year when many of us feel emotionally drained.
In 2022, this date falls on January 17. Here we explain a few ways to help you not to be disappointed.
What’s the best tip to combat Blue Monday and boost my mood?
Green Monday is calculated using a series of factors in a (not particularly scientific) mathematical formula.
These are: the weather, the debt level, the time since Christmas, the time since we failed in the new year, the low motivation level and the feeling of needing to deal with the situation.
It was originally conceived by a PR firm but has now become a widely recognized annual event.
This day has been coined “the saddest day of the year” – but luckily, there are a few things you can do when battling feeling sluggish and pale.
1. Remember you are in control
First and foremost, it’s important to remember that you’re in control.
Green Monday is defined by a PR firm, and many companies consider January a sad month.
Constantly remind yourself that you have the power to change how you feel.
2. Catch the sun
Take advantage of the sun, if you can.
Go for a walk on your lunch break or try a new outdoor activity to boost your vitamin D intake.
Even a short burst of 15 minutes can have a real impact.
Another way you can fight Green Monday is with exercise.
Whether it’s going for a run or taking a class at the gym, being physically active releases endorphins and can help improve your mood.
Personal trainer Andy Ward advises that exercise is a great tonic to reduce feelings of fatigue, and it’s best to avoid binge eating and alienating your partner.
“Get 30 minutes of exercise,” he says. It could be a brisk walk, a light jog, a relaxing swim, or an intense HIIT class – just be active for thirty minutes to feel the benefits.
“There are dozens of different fitness classes available. January is a great time to take up new hobbies and meet new people.”
4. Watch a mood-boosting movie
While people easily recommend exercise to make yourself feel good, sometimes it’s the last thing you want to do.
Instead, why not try watching a movie that feels good and makes you smile.
Pick one of your favorites or a classic you’ve never seen, and sit back and relax.
5. Speak out
Finally, connect with the people around you.
This can be for the other person in any way you feel – whether it’s a smile, a “thank you” or a kind word.
However, if you’ve been struggling with feelings of depression for a long time, you should talk to your doctor, or a trusted family member or friend.
Mental health charity Mind mocks the concept of Blue Monda
y, asserting that this concept has no basis in scientific research.
A statement on their website said: “Here at Mind, we think it’s dangerously misleading.
“Those of us who are living with depression know that our feelings are not dictated by the date.
“It is implied that they are perpetuating the misconception that depression is just ‘feeling a little depressed’, something that doesn’t need to be taken seriously.”
If you, or anyone you know, need help dealing with mental health issues, you can contact the Samaritans on 116 123, or visit CareWeb’s.
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