Blue Monday.  #FakeNews

January 21, 2019

 

Today is ‘Blue Monday’.  According to some it is the most depressing day of the year, to others it is nonsensical, that there is no evidence base to support the claim and that it was originally created as part of a marketing strategy. 

 

Many companies across the country will use ‘Blue Monday’ for their advertising and marketing.  No doubt a local news channel will interview some people out in the street and ask them how down or 'blue' they are feeling.

 

In reality, for most of us, it will just be a standard Monday morning.

We may wake feeling a little down but it is unlikely to be anything to do with the date.

 

We can choose our mood and emotion. 

 

We can choose which mood we take into the day. 

 

We can think of things we are grateful for, choose our priorities for the day, put on some happy tunes and decide we are going to make the best out of what the day brings and seek out the positives.

 

We could alternatively look for the all the things that will confirm why it is ‘Blue Monday’.

This is called Confirmation Bias.  We look for all the things that will confirm what we are thinking. 

 

This can be positive or negative.

 

Which will you choose?

Will you choose all the negative activity that supports the claims of ‘Blue Monday’?

 

Or

 

Will you be looking for positive activity to support that it is nonsensical?

 

I challenge you to find 10 positive activities on Monday 21st

– If you can find more than 10, let me know!

 

We can do this daily.  Not just on a day that we are reminded to look after our wellbeing.  This should be a daily focus. 

 

There will be lots of advice out today, it is a great opportunity to bring good mental health into the public arena.  Have a look at what is out there and find what works for you.

 

Here is my contribution to the mix of hints/tips and advice.

  • Be present.  Enjoy the moment, put down your phone, engage and take in what is happening around you.

  • Where is your focus? Are you focusing problems or solutions?

  • What do you need to do differently to achieve what your goals?  

  • Who are you surrounding yourself with? 

  • What small action could you take that would make the biggest improvement to your life?

 

As with any advice it is just that, you need to find what works best for you.

 

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