Today is Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year. I know how hard it is to deal with mental health problems, I have a history of them myself. Today I want to share some of the things that work for me to help me cope. I hope they’ll help you too.
Watch your favourite series/movies
Nestle yourself in your favourite spot, with or without pet(s) and start binge watching the things that pick up your spirit. Steven Universe is a great example. It’s sweet, positive, funny and also a little sad from time to time. Friends is on Netflix, a classic series that will help you through this day. There are also a lot of great animated movies on Netflix, from Shrek to Moana. Big chance there will be one of your favourites to watch.
Read your favourite books/comics/ebooks
Once settled in, grab a book or comic that helps you manage. The Hobbit is a book I always come back too, it’s not too long. It’s a great story and it always picks up my spirit. Battlepug would be my comic of choice, because nothing makes me smile more than a giant Pug wandering about. Hyberbole and a Half is also a great read, the author has a great chapter on depression and how she dealt with it.
Eat your favourite food
Eat food that makes you happy, let things be. Whenever me or my boyfriend needs a pick me up, I will make Lasagna, a nice oven dish or a cake as a few examples. Eat to your heart’s content and enjoy what you are eating. Don’t just shovel it in, savour the flavour.
Watch your favourite Youtube channels/videos
Youtube is a great thing, it has something for everyone. Watch old videos that made you laugh in the past. I always cheer up with pug videos, but combine the previous topic with this one and watch Nerdy Nummies. Rosanna Pansino makes some of the coolest geeky foods and she always manages to make me smile. Especially her Frenchie Cookie. Topi The Corgi is a great, short serial-like adventure from a cute Corgi in different outfits. Ninja Seks Party has hilarious music video’s that will make you smile.
Buy a book, clothing or collectible
Impulse buys also help with coping. Buy something for a reasonable price to lift your spirit. I have a wishlist on Steam with lots of games under 10 euro’s for this case, or I go to Qwertee. They have daily deals where you can get geeky shirts for about 10 euros.
Play your favourite (video)game
Playing games are a great way to distract yourself and immerse yourself in something. I always love playing games like Animal Crossing or Harvest Moon on days like this. They are soothing and there is something relaxing about taking care of a farm or digging for treasure.
Listen to your favourite songs
Listen to the songs that make you cry, laugh and everything in between. Music is a great way to blow off steam. I bet if you look around, there are playlists to match your mood.
This is my guide to help you deal with the Blue Monday blues. Talking to other people will help as well but it’s okay if you want to cocoon on a day like this. Lots of strength today, leave comments if you want to share what cheers you up. You are not alone.