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I read an article somewhere saying that the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year. There has been some rough research on the topic. Some say it’s a marketing ploy, some say it’s for real, But “Blue Monday” occurs because several factors – “depression, weather, debt, lack of motivation, time elapsed since Christmas”, work, and lots of broken New Year’s Resolutions. Marketing campaign or not, the winter blues has hit our family hard and we get into this funk of feeling just… blah.
So here are six things to do/things to buy/remedies to help you beat those winter blues.
Cozy Socks. I don’t know about ya’ll but my feet can’t be sockless in the winter and something about funny socks just cheers me up. When you wear them with a normal outfit, it’s like a little secret or surprise whenever you sit down and some festive ankle is showing. Go put some on right now. Go ahead, I'll wait!
Happy Lamp. I used to have something like this in college. I had a hard time my freshman year. When it's the middle of winter, in the middle of midterms, you're in central Illinois, and you're far away from family -- yes of course, you're going to be sad and feel incredibly homesick. I had a similar lamp to this.
I stole my sisters. It was incredibly helpful when I was in a weird mood and I couldn't leave my dorm room because there was 5 feet of snow and a freeze warning outside.
Nostalgic Movies. Whenever I get in a funk, I like to watch old movies. I don’t know what it is about having a movie marathon with some old movies, reciting every single word from the scene, and anticipating the “best part of the movie!” but that seems to fix my mood. Here are some of my favorites:
That Thing You Do!
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
The Breakfast Club
A League of Their Own
Best Part? Some of these are already streaming on Netflix. Heeeyy!
PS – Harry Potter is always on the list. Always.
Certain Social Media. I don’t know if Twitter is still relevant, but I use it! I don’t tweet as much but I read almost everything on there. Some of them are getting lame because they’re posting affiliate ads or promoting something that has nothing to do with the account, but I respect their side hustle. So if you can look past some of their “ad” tweets, it’s good stuff I promise.
Chrissy Teigan https://twitter.com/chrissyteigen - She’s my spirit animal. I love reading her comments to twitter trolls, making fun of her husband – John Legend, and all of the stuff she cooks.
Pour Me Coffee: https://twitter.com/pourmecoffee - This sarcastic account has chock full of interesting facts, images, and keeps me up to date on current events… but is also pretty hilarious.
Lord Voldemort https://twitter.com/Lord_Voldemort7 - Sassy Lord Voldemort just tweeting about current events and funny stuff about Harry Potter
PreSchool Gems https://twitter.com/preschoolgems - a PreSchool Teacher tweeting hilarious tings toddlers say, because toddlers can sometimes be either really funny or really big jerks.
RL Ripples https://twitter.com/TweetsofOld - This account tweets real, actual, published, one-liners from newspapers like “Dear Santa, Don’t come to my house because you will scare me. Go to my Uncle Henry’s house.”
Sports Illustrated Vault https://twitter.com/SI_Vault - Funny weird pictures of sports stars doing awkward things.
Also trending topics on Twitter like #BlackHogwarts basically made me an unproductive blob on my couch because all I did was laugh and scroll, laugh and scroll, laugh and scroll.
I also watch a lot of YouTube when I'm in a weird mood. Specifically drag queen transformations. It's so amazing how different they look after all that contouring and highlighting. It's hypnotic for sure.
Essential Oils. The researchers at the Chemical Senses journal noted that citrus was “happy” and “stimulating” while vanilla was “happy” and “relaxing”. Lavender oil is known to promote relaxation and help de-stress. You can rub a few drops on your wrists and behind your ear lobes for a quick pick me up. You can mix and match in an oil diffuser.
I like to take a big whiff and then stretch. You can do a little yoga flow or an ugly-stretch-that-contorts-your-body-into-weird-positions-and-you-let-out-a-long-gross-grunt-but-you-can't-stop-grunting-or-move-your-body-because-it-feels-so-good-to-stretch-like-that kind of stretch. Get some fresh blood to your brain for a nice change in mood!
Fort. Make a fort with your kids, with your significant other, or just by yourself. Read in it, nap in it, drink in it, watch TV from in it, string some lights up and have a party. If sitting in a fort doesn’t make you happy, I’m sorry, I don’t know what to tell you! There is something about sitting under a large draped piece of cloth that gets people of all ages all hyped up and giddy!
But if a fort doesn’t fancy you, find a comfy chair, or your bed, or fix a comfy spot on the floor and chill in your cozy socks, with a nostalgic movie playing, your happy lamp on, and good smelling essential oils wafting about your place, and your mood will get better!
January is reported to be the worst month for suicides. If you or someone you know is suicidal, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or you can email me, I’ll listen to whatever you have to say.
Please let me know in the comments some things that YOU do to switch up your mood and make you happy! :)