Countdown starts to Beat Blue Monday

Yes it’s coming up to that day again – the most depressing day of the year is on Monday, January 21.
Blue Monday is the most depressing day of the year according to a mathematical equation was first devised by Dr Cliff Arnall, former lecturer at Cardiff University and founder of No Pills, a consultancy specialising in confidence, motivation and happiness. Blue Monday marks the start of the final full week in January when people experience a series of combined depressive effects. The mathematical equation is:The model was broken down using six immediately identifiable factors; weather (W), debt (d), time since Christmas (T), time since failing our New Year’s resolutions (Q), low motivational levels (M) and the feeling of a need to take action (Na).The equation calculates that Monday, January 21, 2008 is officially the worst day of the year, when the Christmas glow has faded away, New Year’s resolutions have been broken, cold Winter weather has set in and credit card bills will be landing on doormats across the land - whilst the January pay-check is still one week away.
However, with the Samaritans, the team at GREEN is looking to Beat Blue Monday with a range of feel good activities - we are even going to create a beach party in our offices in the UK.
Here’s some thing you can do to Beat Blue Monday:

Blog - Write a blog about what you are doing to Beat Blue Monday. Make your readers smile. If you do write a blog post on Monday 21 - make sure to tag it: "beatbluemonday".
Try something new -Be creative, or learn something new to get your brain active and start thinking of new things instead of dwelling on the old.
Get physical - By changing your physical state, from a simple shoulder-shake at your desk to a full work-out at the gym, you can change the way you feel.
Contact a friend or relative - Get in touch with someone you have not heard from in a while; thinking of someone else takes your mind off you.
Take a break - Go somewhere different, whether it’s a coffee bar you have never been into, or a faraway luxury holiday; by changing your physical location, you change your perspective on the world.
Be nice to a stranger - Do a random act of kindness; doing good for others is the best form of self-satisfaction.
Help the planet - Be a good ancestor in some way; the planet will be here long after you are gone.
Pamper yourself - Spoil yourself, from a small indulgence to a luxury you have been promising yourself. You can even dye your hair blue to create a stunning eye-catching change.
Plan something new - Whether it’s planning a holiday for later in the year or deciding what to do at the weekend, looking forward to something new or different can be uplifting and refreshing.
Share your thoughts - A problem shared is a problem halved. Visit the Blue Monday blog to see what ideas people have come up with for dealing with life’s little problems.

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