Dr. Jared Skillings, chief for psychology at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan, says to consider the following pointers to make it through Blue Monday:
- Check out a flick. Watch a movie that is guaranteed to make you laugh and crack a smile. And have some popcorn while you're at it.
- Drop and give me 20. Get your endorphins pumping by moving more, taking a walk, or spending 20 or 30 minutes doing something you enjoy that increases your heartbeat at the same time. All physical activity decreases feelings of anxiety and depression.
- Skip the Twinkies. Steer clear of processed foods and junk food despite your urges! Resist the temptation and grab an apple or Greek yogurt instead.
- Treat yourself. Go get a massage, get your hair done or do something that will make you feel better about yourself.
- Volunteer. Give back to your local community. It's MLK Day after all, and Martin Luther King was committed to social justice and community service.
Dr. Skillings says if you have a serious case of the blues (lasting a couple weeks,) or if you experience suicidal thoughts, immediately talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. There are many options for depression, anxiety and SAD including light therapy, cognitive-behavioral talk therapy (CBT) and antidepressant medications.
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SOURCE Spectrum Health