January 16 is the most depressing day of the year.
Seriously, they call it 'Blue Monday' and it falls on the third Monday of the first month of the year. Even though there is no science behind it, many people consider it to be the most depressing day of the year.
Maybe it's because we've all come off the holiday sugar-high and suddenly realized that there are at least three months of snow ahead of us.
The way I see it, there are two kinds of people when it comes to January.
First, there are the optimists:
Then there are the rest of us.
If you identify more with the cat than the panda, you'll need these 7 tips to survive the saddest day of the year:
Escape to Cancun: spa, swim-up bar, white sandy beaches. No snow, no problem.
2. Ben & Jerry's
With about 40 varieties to choose from, you can easily keep that holiday sugar-high going at least until April.
3. Hide under the covers
Figure out how to telecommute, then don't get out of bed for the next 24 hours.
4. Build a robot and send it to work
Don't worry, no one will notice.
5. Eat lots and lots of dark chocolate leading up to the date
According to the Nestlé Research Centre, eating dark chocolate (1.4 ounces of it, to be exact) every day for two weeks reduced stress hormones, including cortisol, in people who were highly stressed.
6. Take a sick day
Seriously. If you're feeling overwhelmed and stressed-out, cash in that sick day. Mental health should get the same kind of care as physical health.
7. Call a friend
Misery loves company. Since we're all in this together, we might as well lend a listening ear and friendly hug!
If you struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) check out the website for Mental Health America for more information. For some more constructive tips on how to deal with ongoing sadness, visit Helpguide.
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