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Beating Blue Monday

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By Kasia Bodurka
Monday, January 20, 2014, 8:16 PM

Some health experts call the Monday of the last full week of January "Blue Monday"-- and it's the most depressing day of the year.

Mondays can be depressing in general, but there are a few reasons why today has been deemed the saddest of them all.

For starters, lack of sun, cold temperatures and flu season aren't helping matters.

And then there's the "holiday hangover" that many suffer from. It can be difficult to return to a routine after indulging in rich foods and over-spending during the month of December.

For many, a quick getaway is the perfect cure.

But the Canadian dollar is currently at a four-year low, which can make travelling across the border costly.

Keeping all this in mind, it's no wonder some people are depressed!

Still, it is possible to beat Blue Monday.

Here are a few tricks:

  • Work out and eat healthy. You'd be surprised how good this can make you feel.
  • Wear bright-coloured colothing. It's been proven that colour has the ability to brighten our mood.
  • Get your daily dose of vitamin D. If you aren't getting enough sunlight, consider taking a supplement.
  • Spend time with your loved ones.
  • Plan a trip -- even if you don't take one. Some health experts suggest that daydreaming about a get-away can have a positive effect on your well-being.

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