As we approach Blue Monday, or the saddest day of the year – it is important to us to know how to combat some of the feelings that may be approaching this Monday. Keep reading for some of our favorite tips to avoid feeling the blues.

What is Blue Monday?

Blue Monday, also known as the most depressing day of the year, is typically the third Monday in January. There is a specific equation that plays into why the 21st is actually the saddest day of the year. Some of the factors are: weather conditions, debt levels, failings on New Year’s resolutions, low motivational levels, and stress.

We get it! All these forces combined can be truly exhausting -especially when it get darks at 4PM. That is why we’re here to help.

Check out our top 4 tips on how to turn Blue Monday into Bright Monday!
  • Exercising more – Although exercising may be the last thing you want to do when you don’t want to get out of bed – it can actually help! Movement causes your body to release endorphins, which interact with receptors in your brain to reduce pain and can even trigger a positive feeling in your body.
  • Treat yourself – Getting a massage and taking time to yourself is one of our favorite ways to take a time out and reduce stress. Massage helps relieve physical tensions and as a result, can way to literally shed anxious or depressed thoughts from your body.
  • Stick it with acupuncture – Acupuncture treatment for anxiety and depression is becoming an increasingly popular option for people seeking help. Research shows that acupuncture can also help with poor sleeping habits, stomach aches, and poor memory.
  • The Mind Gut Connection – About 90% of our serotonin, which regulates mood, is actually made in the gut. If you’re feeling anxious or depressed, you may have a deficiency of serotonin. Functional Medicine can help get to the root cause of underlying issues in the gut. Believe it or not, you can actually eat your way to a happier mood.


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