Motivation Monday: Blue Monday

Congratulations! It’s Blue Monday, but also Martin Luther King Jr day. Never heard of Blue Monday? I never did until this morning. Blue Monday was established in 2005 and is now a British holiday. What is Blue Monday?

Blue Monday is the third Monday of January and is reported the most depressing day of the year. Why?! Many factors including weather, debt, low motivation levels and not always achieving certain life goals or New Year’s resolutions come into factor.

How can you enjoy Blue Monday? Especially where you live. I live outside of the Philadelphia area, so it’s cold, windy, and  snowy. I rather be on a beach drinking a Sam Adams Summer Ale dancing to the sound of the ocean. Yet, we cannot just jet set off to a tropical destination whenever we want to.

I want to let you know that you are in control of today. You can choose to be happy, you can chose if it is going to be a good day or bad day, or you can chose to make yourself miserable just because of the weather outside. I’m here to tell you no! Don’t choose negativity. Don’t choose unhappiness. Don’t chose pessimism. Let me tell you that it is easier to be happy, it is easier to choose positivity, it is easier to see the glass is always half full. I’ve been there time and time again and I always choose happiness above all. Your life gets so much easier.

Here are some tips to move past Blue Monday:

  • Get as much natural light as possible. Bundle up and take a walk outside during your break at work. You’ll feel so much better.
  • Exercise! It boost endorphins and will make you calmer and happier!
  • Smile! Your body relaxes, blood pressure lowered; plus smiling is contagious!
  • Practice altruism, be grateful, count your many blessings!
    • Just remember there is someone worse off than you.
      • You have a roof over your head.
      • Food in your stomach.
      • Clothes on your back….
      • and so many people who love you and pray to God daily just to thank Him for YOU!
    • Just remember, everyone carries an invisible cross. We do not see it, but it is there.
  • Go to the Zoo! Seeing and petting animals relaxes us.
  • It fell on MLK Jr. day, so find a worthy cause and donate your time for that worthy cause! I love volunteering for St. Jude hospital!
  • Schedule something fun to look forward too!
    • This is what I did today. I scheduled a dinner at The Melting Pot on Valentine’s Day. I’m single, so why not make the best of it?!

 

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As always, kisses on the peace sign fingers and love…

XO Jenn

PS: I received my graduate school transcripts in the mail. One step closer to submitted the NCE registration form.

 

 

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