Blue Monday: how not to sink into depression?

Blue Monday: how not to sink into depression?

Considered the most depressing day of the year, the third Monday in January has been renamed the Blue Monday. However, there is no question of indulging in gloom and black ideas, it is better to anticipate and make sure that this day goes like all the others, if not better. A good night’s sleep, a breath of fresh air in the heart of nature, a colorful wardrobe: do everything you can to Blue Monday the most sparkling day of the year.

Priority to sleep, because it makes you happy

Regular sleep is what it takes to feel less stressed and happier. Scientists say it! Sleeping well is beneficial for both physical and mental health. Numerous studies conducted around the world, including the United States, have shown that a good night’s sleep – between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. – improves daily well-being.

However, the health authorities have been warning for many years to the fact that we sleep less and less, and especially more badly; which could generate learning difficulties, concentration, mood, or even depressive symptoms. So there is no question of having only a good night’s sleep the day before Blue Monday, but make every effort to enjoy a restful sleep on a regular basis throughout the year in order to improve your general well-being.

Dogs and cats, a source of happiness

What if we trusted our four-legged friends a little to combat stress and dark thoughts? Studies, surveys, and testimonials agree that pets, especially dogs and cats, are a source of happiness and a way to reduce stress.

Of Washington State University researchers showed in 2019 that short interactions with dogs or cats made it possible to reduce certain tensions by significantly reducing the level of cortisol, the stress hormone. According to scientists, only 10 minutes of caresses, games, or other interactions have reduced this stress. If you share your life with a furball, no doubt this Blue Monday will go as well as the other days of the year.

See life in blue

We often hear it said that you have to put color in your life to feel better. But contrary to popular belief, it is not the colors flashy that will make you happier. Blue would be the color of happiness! A shame when we know that the most depressing day of the year was baptized the Blue Monday.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Sussex, relayed by the Daily Mail in 2009, reported that blue helped stimulate happiness, reduce stress, and improve self-confidence. Color lifts the morale of both men and women alike, although the former are also happy with green, while the latter also find their happiness with purple and orange. So you know what you have to do next Monday to avoid depression: put blue in your life!

Nature, an essential refuge

We cannot say it enough, nature only has benefits for mental health. Scientists are unanimous on the subject, and studies have followed one another since the start of the pandemic to show how essential it is to spend time in green spaces to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.

Published in the journal Public Health in Practice, the latest study was conducted by researchers at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. She reveals that taking a breath of fresh air in the forest or in green spaces, at least once a week, would reduce work-related stress and better manage daily pressure.

If your boss is unlikely to put you green for this Blue Monday, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of a nature walk the day before to recharge your batteries and spend serenely one of the most hated (and detestable) days of the year.

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