Feeling a little down today? You may not be alone. A few years ago, British researchers identified the third Monday in January as “Blue Monday“, the most depressing day of the year. But why is January 21 so depressing? It’s really a combination of anxiety and gloominess brought on by the:
- Post holiday “blahs”
- Realization of holiday debt
- Dreary winter weather
- Disappointment about not staying true to New Year’s resolutions
Despite the hype around Blue Monday, some psychologists believe this depressing day is, in fact, all hype, and may only become reality as a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I’m a fan of the latter belief. Instead of giving into the winter blues, why not take charge of your own destiny and make January (or the entire winter) a happy and meaningful experience – and here are a few suggestions to get you started….
3 Ways to Shake the Winter Blues