When you're in a Slump, you're not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done. Dr Seuss
Sure, it feels tough and you may feel like you're in a bit of a 'waiting place' like Dr Seuss says in "Oh, The Places You'll Go," but there is a way through it, read on!
What is Blue Monday?
Blue Monday is thought to be the most depressing day of the year. Actually, a PR stunt created by a holiday company to sell more holidays (it'd work on me!), Blue Monday falls on the third Monday of January every year. Kind of a mid-winter slump.
A psychologist called Cliff Arnall came up with the idea in 2005 after he was asked to come up with a scientific formula for the January Blues. And while yes, it may be a bit of a PR stunt, I think he is probably onto something.
3 tips to beat Blue Monday
Change your perspective. Shaking things up a little helps us to change your focus and ultimately your experience of your day, your week, your month, your World!
1. Move your body!
Moving our bodies leads to immediate changes in our experience of our world. How often have you returned from a walk, a run, yoga, feeling different to when you set out? You don't have to feel on top of the world straight away, but even a slight shift in your energy will have positive effects.
Something like yoga helps to:
stimulate hormones in the body to make you feel great
connect with parts of the body that you may have forgotten about
iron out aches and pains & increase strength, flexibility and balance
2. Get outside and breathe deep
Breathing deep calms the nervous system and helps the body and mind to become more resilient. When we focus on our breath, especially energising cold breaths of fresh outside air, we find it hard to concentrate on anything else.
Take yourself to a nature-y place, by a tree, or a few if you have the luxury. You'll find it hard not to breath deep. And let you skin see some light, even if it's grey, let your skin feel the cool air on your hands and your face for a few minutes. And if you can brave it, take off your hat, or even your socks and shoes!
3. Think of one thing that made you smile today
It may seem a little cheesy but it works, it changes your perspective and flips your thoughts upside down which is perfect for un-slumping yourself. It took me years to finally accept that a gratitude practice does actually work. I was stubborn, and ultimately didn't believe that I could do it. Anybody can. Start small. Think of one thing that made you smile today.
However small it may be. And say it out loud, or even better, write it down. You don't have to keep it, write it on a scrap of paper, then throw it away. But writing solidifies it. Makes it real. So go ahead, however small, maybe you heard a bird singing, or your favourite song on the radio, or you noticed the evenings starting to draw out a little.
A short yoga sequence to shift the Blue Monday Blues
OK, let's do it. Here's a short yoga sequence to shift those Blue Monday blues! Make some space and hit play!
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Carrie is a co-founder of The Frog Project, yoga teacher, yoga teacher trainer and full time stay at home mum to two smalls. When she's not playing with the kids or practicing yoga, you'll likely find her in the middle of her veg patch, trowel in hand and covered in mud. She loves the outdoors, and would camp every night given the chance. She and her partner in crime, Martin, set up The Frog Project with the aim of bringing classical yoga to all, and deliver live online classes with a group of dedicated teachers, to students of all experiences, ages, shapes, sizes, jobs, lives, you name it, from all around the world. Join them now and get 15 days of free unlimited classes. It's just yoga.