Today is the day that the concept ‘Blue Monday’ will be shared across social media platforms as the most depressing day of the year.

Thought up by psychologist Dr. Cliff Arnall, Blue Monday, the third Monday in January is believed to be the day that we feel sad due to a number of variables including debt, failed New Year’s resolutions, the weather and low levels of motivation.

However, it’s important that we look at the positive things in life in order to help us feel happy and content. For that reason, why not turn Blue Monday on its head? Here are several reasons to feel more positive about ‘Blue’ Monday.

The colour blue is the most popular in the world and has wellbeing benefits too.

Blue is believed to be the most popular colour in the world amongst both men and women. This isn’t surprising when research suggests that the colour blue can be beneficial to both the mind and body. The colour blue is associated with tranquillity and can slow the human metabolism to produce a calming effect. Each time you see the colour blue today, enjoy it and reap the benefits!

Enjoy the blue sky (or even grey) to help boost Serotonin levels.

Light boosts serotonin which promotes feelings of positivity and happiness. Some people find that that low light in winter can lead to low energy levels and low mood. Getting outdoors today for 10-20 minutes on your lunch break will help make a difference – even on a dull day light intensity is greater outside than it is indoors.

Listening to the ocean can enhance sleep and relaxation.

Going to bed thinking of a clear blue ocean with waves gently lapping the shore is a simple meditation technique that can help enhance relaxation and sleep. The sound of ocean waves is also popular choice for soothing sounds to relax the mind and help you drift away. Why not give it a go this evening to help you relax and unwind.

Open up the conversation about mental health and wellbeing.

It’s important to remember that Blue Monday isn’t scientifically proven. It is however, a good opportunity to open up the conversation around Mental Health and that’s a real positive.

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