So today is Blue Monday. For those of you who don’t know, Blue Monday is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. Blue Monday is typically that day when you’re feeling down, fed up of the diet you might be on, feeling like dropping your motivation for exercising (and everything else for that matter), when you’re still suffering with your winter cold, it exacerbates any mental health illness you suffer from, the weather absolutely sucks, etc. The list is just endless as to why people relate to Blue Monday. And the thing about Blue Monday is that not only do you feel a bit rubbish anyway, but seeing things about it on Social Media can push you even further into a negative mindset because of course, if it’s on social media, it must be true right? WRONG! There is no evidence to support Blue Monday. It’s literally a calculation made by a travel company in 2005. But it’s been adopted and as usual it spreads around and soon it becomes real and it’s what we can blame our feelings and negative mindset on. But the truth is you can only blame your feelings and negative mindset on yourself if you allow yourself to feel that way.

I know it can be hard to find motivation to keep going with your healthy lifestyle choices and to get up each day when you feel a bit rubbish whatever your reasons are. Winter is a tough time as it’s cold outside, the sun rarely shines, you’re not getting your Vitamin D3 from the sun which promotes a healthy immune system and I can guarantee the last thing you want to do is get up and go outside to do exercise and you definitely don’t want to eat healthy when all that comforting junk food is calling you. But I can promise you that if you keep sticking at it you will get the results you want and you will feel amazing. Adopting a positive mental attitude to life and your goals may be hard but once you’ve got it will help so much with the decisions you need to make and how you feel each day.

And for those suffering with mental health struggles, I feel your pain. I’ve made it known over and over again that I suffer with depression and anxiety and I will agree that it sucks. It’s hard to battle with your own mind on a regular basis. To feel worthless and have a voice in your head telling you that will fail and that you aren’t good enough. Feeling so low that you can’t physically get out of bed or wanting to end it all because you don’t feel like living any longer. And there are times like today when you see a reason to validate why you feel the way you do. This is not the case. And I know sometimes hope can seem like a million miles away but keep going because it’s there and it will be there for you when you need it most. And remember it’s always okay not to be okay!

I know Blue Monday can mean that you are ready to fall off the bandwagon you got on at the beginning of the month in regards to exercise. It can be hard to start or come back to exercise as it is but it’s even harder to keep going if you’ve started. Especially if you’re not seeing results straight away. And if you are new to exercise it can be downright terrifying to get started. But I can tell you starting, going back or sticking with exercise will really be the best decision you can ever make for your physical, emotional and mental health. And if you are new to exercise, now is the best time to start because there will be so many others just like you in the same boat who are also starting out too. Group exercise classes is the best way to go if you feel nervous, especially classes in the community. The instructors who teach group exercise in the community really really care about you and and they really want the best for you. Plus you will be surrounded by like-minded individuals who want you to succeed as much as you want to succeed for yourself. There is no judgement at these types of classes and you can be yourself and get fit in a fun healthy way. And there are so many classes on offer from boxing to dance fitness to HIIT to Yoga and so much more. So why not check out classes in your area with Classfinder at https://www.classfinder.org.uk/

Now as far as I’m concerned another reason why Blue Monday isn’t true is because every day is a new day. Whatever day of the week or month it is, it’s always a new chance to do something amazing, achieve something great and be the best version of yourself.

And if you wanted some additional advice on how to battle Blue Monday then here is a link to some reasons why exercise is so great for helping with mental health struggles whether you are just feeling down because of the weather, your diet, the time of year, etc or if you are suffering with a mental health illness (link credit to Community Fitness Network).

https://www.exercise.co.uk/learn/4-ways-you-can-battle-blue-monday-with-exercise/?fbclid=IwAR0mRLMxRBf8SImmV7fAEiSn930ma4uuJhviyTLa2Wmxc8auJKd2i5_0KhE

So let’s turn Blue Monday around make it Happy Monday and let’s be positive together!

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