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Blue Monday

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Blue Monday is the 3rd Monday of January and has been called the most depressing day of the year. It’s a phrase that was coined in 2005 by a lecturer at Cardiff University in Wales as a tactic for a now-defunct U.K based travel agency to sell more winter vacations. It has since been adopted as a promotional platform by various companies, like Cineplex and Sunwing.

Professor Arnall devised a not-so-scientific formula to back up his claim referencing January’s bone-chilling temperatures, the reality checks of post-holiday credit card statements, motivation levels and the ever persistent battle to stick with New Year resolutions

A 2017 publication by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health says “there is no scientific basis for why the third Monday in January has been deemed Blue Monday,” but at least one expert says it might nevertheless have its benefits.

“Anything that can help us to open the dialogue and conversation about mental health can be a positive thing,” CAMH clinical psychologist Dr. Katy Kamkar said. “The more we open a dialogue, the less fear there is, more people are talking and then in-turn, seeking help.”

Here are a few action steps that are essential to minimize the potential stress at this time of year:

1. Get adjusted to keep your brain and body FULLY connected

2. Take an inventory of your lifestyle habits to see what simple but effective changes you can make to improve your mental health

3. Get to bed on time!

4. Maintain a healthy diet – say yes or no to ONE diet choice TODAY

5. Be physically active – increases serotonin (mood, sleep, appetite regulation) – increases endorphins (better mood) – helps regulate sleep pattern – limits effect of stress on your brain – feeling successful

6. Set up a budget to manage your spending habits

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