A day in January, usually the third Monday of the month, is referred to as “Blue Monday” because it is thought to be the most depressing day of the year. Although a 2005 public relations campaign helped popularise the idea of Blue Monday, there is no scientific basis for it and no proof that any particular day is the “most depressing” day of the year.

Although it is true that some people find the winter months to be difficult because of the shorter days and reduced sunlight, it is important to remember that these feelings are common and that there are things that can be done to help.

Here are a few tips to help with the “winter blues”:

Get outside: Make an effort to spend time outdoors, even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time. Natural sunlight can help improve your mood and boost your vitamin D levels.

Exercise: Regular physical activity can help improve your mood and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

Eat a healthy diet: Make sure you’re getting enough fruits, vegetables, and other nutrients to fuel your body and mind.

Stay connected: Make time to connect with friends and loved ones, either in person or through phone or video calls.

Seek help if needed: If you are struggling with persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Talk to a mental health professional or your primary care doctor for support.

Remember, it’s okay to not feel okay all the time. Taking care of yourself and seeking support when needed can help you get through tough times and improve your overall well-being.