Back To Work We Go … How To Beat The Monday Blues
(CBS Radio) — As most of us head back to work today (after a vacation that was probably just a tad too short,) we seem to be suffering from the Monday blues.
In general, it’s easier to feel depressed during the winter months due to lack of sunlight, especially when you are at work from dawn to dusk and rarely see the sun shining outside. But, the Monday Blue’s can also strike when the weather is nice, and you’d rather be at the beach than stuck at work.
According to the CDC, one out of every 10 people in the United States reports bouts of depression, and ultimately, many more people do not report symptoms of depression, instead they suffer in silence.
Here are five things that will help you beat the Monday blues:
1. When life seems overwhelming, thinking about happier times or specific memories that evoke happiness can improve your mood and help you climb out of your funk.
2. Like everything in life, realizing that depression is temporary helps. Furthermore, everything good or bad won’t last. The key is to be able to accept the bad days, and appreciate the good days. Believe it or not, they do balance each other out, and your happy/sad thoughts balance each other out as well — as long as you can let happiness into your life.
3. Never underestimate the value of human contact, a smile from a stranger, or a phone call from a good friend. Even at the lowest points in your life, it’s important to remember that there is always someone who cares — even if you don’t realize it. Depression can be hard to beat because people who suffer from depression generally withdrawal and lose interest in the things they once enjoyed. Even when you feel sad, it’s important to surround yourself with people who can cheer you up — even if it’s only briefly.
4. Being stuck indoors, sleeping, and/or being lazy is likely to exacerbate your depression. During bouts of depression, most people feel unmotivated and prefer not to do much of anything. They may even have trouble getting out of bed. Even though it’s difficult, making yourself get out of the house can help improve your mood. Taking a walk in nature, especially when it’s sunny can drastically improve your mood. Additionally, going shopping and buying yourself something new (as long as it doesn’t put a strain on your finances) can bring about feelings of happiness as well.
5. The foods that you eat have an impact on your mental and emotional health. Foods that are hard to digest, such as fatty foods, junk food and processed foods can trigger feelings of sadness and hopelessness. However, eating fruits and vegetables, foods rich in vitamin B and vitamin C, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids will improve your overall mood and help you beat depression.
-QC Writer, CBS Radio