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Blue Monday

January 16, 2017

Blue Monday is a term that I recently learned about. According to some sources (Snopes is iffy on this one) the 3rd Monday in January is the saddest day of the year. Depression is said to be at an all time high around this date. This date? What makes this particular Monday so hard? Monday's are never easy, unless of course, it's a holiday. Guess what? The 3rd Monday in January is a Holiday. Thank you Dr. King!

 

The third week in January means that Christmas is over. We have packed up the decorations (probably). The kids are back in school (Yay! Go teachers!). We are back at work (I like my job and I'm glad I have it.) {Make that your Monday mantra} Everyone has returned to the mundane and routine schedules of life. Let's not forget that the Christmas bills are probably starting to come in the mail. Monotonous lives, the routines of day to day living and bills. All of that might send us spiraling out of control and into a depression. That's a possibility, but not probable. More than likely we need some rest from all the hustle and bustle that runs us ragged from mid-November until 'Blue Monday'. Tax returns are coming to take care of the bill blues. What else could it be?

 

Maybe it's about a lack of sunshine. The sun isn't shining as often or as brightly as on other days in the year? Yes, it's winter in the northern hemisphere. The sun light is not as direct right now and the temperatures are lower.  There are more cloudy days, or at least it seems that way. Yes, seasonal affective disorder is real and is related to a lack of sunlight and usually happens during the winter months. SAD is a 'winter depression' that can be alleviated by getting some sunlight, a sun light or I would suggest some 'Son light'.

 

Depression is real. I've had my own bouts with it. Many things can contribute to a feeling of depression.  Stress, loss, hormone and/or chemical imbalances; just to name a few of the reasons we might experience depression. Smiling helps. Sharing your feelings helps. Medications can help. Reaching out for help is not a bad thing. Call someone. Calling may feel like the hardest thing in the world to do, but it will help. Pick up the phone and call someone. Call a friend. Call your local church. Call your doctor. Call the hotline if you thoughts are out of control. Get help. It's ok to reach out and get help. 

 

Never forget that God is there. God is available 24/7. He is ready to help. God doesn't just meet you in the middle, He will meet you more than halfway. He can free you from your anxious fears. He knows your feelings, so you don't have to hide anything. Turn to Him. He's already heading your way. You're never alone.

 

Psalm 34:4-5

"God met me more than halfway, he freed me from my anxious fears. Look at him; give him your warmest smile. Never hide your feelings from him."

 

In the USA the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 800-273-8255

 

 

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