[Today's blog has been written by Joanna Drake and Kenton Delisle]
If you're reading this, congratulations! You have gotten out of bed. By most standards you've really only met the minimum requirement for living. But today is different. Today is "Blue Monday".
"Blue Monday" is a term coined by psychologist Cliff Arnall when he calculated the third Monday in January as the most depressing day of the year. Let's face it: weather, holiday credit card bills arriving, broken New Year's resolutions and the fact that it's Monday… it's depressing.
Now, we aren't able to make it Friday today, erase your credit card bills, or control the weather (yet ). But maybe we can brighten your Blue Monday with a few thoughts about what can be done.
"When you're happy and you know it, clap your hands…" (Come on, clap!)
According to the Canadian Psychological Association, moving your body can improve your mood, prevent and manage depression and anxiety, increase energy and reduce stress (among other things). To help keep us going, fellow blogger Marc Faktor talks about some ideas for cold weather activities, practical new year's fitness resolutions and tips for making reasonable and realistic changes to improve fitness.
Get the sunshine vitamin
Even at our most southern locations, Canadians live "in the north", so from roughly October to March we can't make vitamin D. Vitamin D has a number of vital roles in the body and research suggests it may even have a role in mood. Dietary sources of vitamin D can contribute to your daily recommended amount of vitamin D, but it is very difficult to meet them through food alone. Because of this, it may be recommended to ‘supplement' our loss of sunshine. Health Canada recommends that all people over age 50 take a 400 IU supplement daily regardless of diet.
Now, if "Blue Monday" becomes "Blue Everyday" and activity, eating well with others and meeting your vitamin D requirements aren't helping, call 8-1-1 or talk with your physician. You are not alone and there are resources and people that can help.