According to various psychologists and mathematicians today is the most miserable day of the year. The date is selected because the start of the working week is disliked by many workers and in the middle of the month many have spent most of their last pay packet over Christmas, but still have a lengthy wait for the next one (The Telegraph). According to Psychologist Dr Cliff Arnall today’s 'Blue Monday' in particular will seem more miserable than most, due to the credit crunch, worries over Christmas bills, unemployment, the long dark winter, and poor weather . The BBC website has a story on a group, The Optimists' Society, who intend to turn today’s ‘Blue Monday’ into ‘International Optimism Day’, by holding a free comedy event in London and sending ‘cheer’ packages to some celebrities, such as Alistair Darling, Jack Dee, Jeremy Paxman, and the Eastenders cast amongst others.
The Independent gives us 10 easy going tips to get through this ‘Blue Monday’:
1. Make sure you get up, get dressed and try to look good - don't leave off make-up.
2. Make a list of those you know, and how you affect their lives in a positive way.
3. Exercise - it can change your mood.
4. Remember it is "Blue Monday" - you are not the only one feeling blue.
5. Indulge in a gratification exercise - take 15 minutes to write three things you are grateful for such as your health, Christmas presents and friends.
6. Buy a light box - this can help those driven to depression in winter by lack of light.
7. Try to be more disciplined with your bed-times
8. Think like the Opposition party - i.e. from a different point of view.
9. Try a good book and a glass of wine.
10. Visit Australia (its lighter).
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