7 Depression Tips To Get Through Tthe Most Depressing Day of the Year

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The most depressing day of the year is January 19. Here are some depression busting tips to get through the most depressing day of the year and manage depression.

Just how much can a person take these days? Worst unemployment since World War II, global economy is collapsing and now you tell me it’s “The Most Depressing Day of the Year?” You have to be kidding me!

Why This Day? January 19th is Blue Monday. Dr. Cliff Arnall, a researcher at University of Cardiff’s Center for Lifelong Learning, devises a formula that uses a variety of emotional and stress factors, to proclaim January 19 the most depressing day of the year in 2009. To make things worse, studies show that there are more heart attacks on Mondays than any other day of the week.

• Light: Low light levels and bad weather combine to create Seasonal Affective Disorder
• Bills Due: Holiday bills are hitting the mailbox and debt becomes more apparent
• Resolutions: Many New Year’s resolutions are already broken
• No Hope: People have low motivational levels and a feeling of need to take action

“People, don’t take this lying down,” said Dr. Kathleen Hall, internationally recognized lifestyle expert in stress and work-life balance, and founder and C.E.O. of The Stress Institute. “Put together a simple, Fun Plan to get through this darkest, most depressing day of the year.”

Dr. Hall suggests 7 Depression Busting tips to get through most of the Most Depressing Day of the Year and the rest of the winter blues.


1. Plan a “Mental Health” day – or better, play hooky. Spend the day with a good friend or your spouse or partner doing something fun like visiting the zoo or a museum. Science tells us that fun increases immune cells that combat depression.

2. Begin your day with a walk, walk at lunch. . . or walk with family after dinner. You’ll get the endorphin boost for both your mind and body that will improve your mood.

3. Shower yourself in Optimism. Shower using your favorite bath products like peppermint or lavender, and wake up your senses as you revitalize yourself. Slip away at lunch for a pedicure to revive your soles and soul.

4. Treat Yourself to a Healthy Breakfast. It sets your metabolism and regulates your mood for the day. Your biggest mood boost comes from combining lean protein and complex carbs.

5. Plan a Lunch Bunch. Just hanging out with a group of friends is a mood booster. Brown-bag it and meet at a park, or get friends together at your favorite hip hang out. Be sure to eat fish and B6’s, with a combination of protein and complex carbs for sustained energy.

6. Listen to music and turn off the news. During your commute or while at work, your favorite music can improve your mood instantly.

7. End your day with a fun dinner that includes family or friends. Rent a funny movie or go to a comedy club for some laughs – laughter releases the "happiness" hormones serotonin and endorphins.

Dr. Kathleen Hall, internationally recognized lifestyle expert in stress and work-life balance, founder and C.E.O. of The Stress Institute (www.stressinstitute.com ) and Mindful Living Network (www.mindfullivingtv.com ), has been featured on major media including The Today Show, CNN, FOX, ABC News, CBS, Oprah & Friends Radio, Good Morning America Radio, Martha Stewart Radio, Fortune, Forbes, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Money, Business Week, Parents, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, and Woman’s Day. She is the author of A Life in Balance, 2008 Mom’s Choice Book Award winner, and 2007 Nautilus Book Award winner; and Alter Your Life; and, is a contributing writer for PINK Magazine.