Wednesday, January 18, 2012

January and Blue Monday

Blue Monday Collage by Lani

One of the 14 Secrets members,  William (Billizetti), is hosting a tea party today for fun and to counter the mid winter blah feeling that can get us a little down right about now in the northern hemisphere.  It is a hoot, so do check it out if you get a chance.  It will chase your blues or blahs right away and get you wondering what your own blog tea party would look like! 

Anyway I got curious about this winter blah feeling and did a tiny bit of research. For example did you know about Blue Monday?  I didn't.  It is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year and the date of "Blue Monday" was mathematically calculated Dr. Cliff Arnall a researcher at Cardiff University. He created his formula for the most depressing day of the year by working six distinct factors into the equation: weather conditions (Gloomy January and its typical lack of sunshine - that's of course in the Northern Hemisphere), debt level and our ability to pay that debt, time elapsed since Christmas, time elapsed since failing our New Years resolutions, our general seasonal motivational levels (don't you find it's WAY harder to get up and out these days?), and our need to take action and to have something to look forward to.  I found though that by some calculations this past Monday was Blue Monday and by others' it this coming Monday.  Heck, the whole month is a wee bit blah if you ask me.   (Want to read more about Blue Monday?  Try this slightly snarky article in the Guardian if you like snarky.)

Here are 10 Things You Can Do To Beat Blue Monday (or any other Blue Day this month)

1. Try something new.  Get your brain forming new neural pathways, a sure fire cure for blues. Be creative.

2. Get physical. Exercise releases a lot of great brain chemicals.  Really you can't beat it for beating the blues. greens health and fitness

3. Contact a friend or relative.  Getting in touch with someone else often takes your mind off your blue feeling.

4. Take a break.  Go somewhere different, whether it’s a coffee bar you have never been into, or vacation to a warmer climate; by changing your physical location, you change your perspective on the world.

5. Be nice to a stranger. Do a random act of kindness; doing good for others is the best form of self-satisfaction.

6. Help the planet.  It's your home.  It will be your descendants' home.  Why not take care of it?

7. Pamper yourself! Make a spa date for yourself, either at home or at your local spa.

8. Plan something new.  Whether it’s blog tea party or deciding what to do at the weekend, looking forward to something new or different can be uplifting and refreshing.

9. Share you thoughts.  A problem shared is a problem halved and joy shared is joy multiplied!

10. You may also want to keep in mind that there is also a “happiest day of the year,” June 18, according to Dr. Arnall. And it isn't so very far away.


Bill said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed my tea party! I love the picture you created for your post today. Viewing pictures like this one definitely make me happy! Who needs Blue Monday anyway?

Erika C. said...

Wonderful, Lani!! I love this. The image is perfect and the blog post really cheered me up.

Happy Blue Monday!

Actually blue is also a very spiritual color that I have decided that I need to bring into my life more so there is another side to it too!


Lani Gerity said...

I prefer your tea parties to Blue Mondays any time of the year!

Lani Gerity said...

Thanks Erika, and Happy Blueday to you as well. (I'm not so sure Monday would be my choice of bluest day...)