Here’s the pseudoscientific formula created for identifying Blue Monday!
The formula takes into account factors like cold weather, shorter days, debt levels in January, the emotional letdown after the holidays, failing at resolutions, and lagging motivation levels.
Sound like something you might be a little too familiar with?
‘I see people who are exhausted – physically and emotionally drained and this exhaustion means that our stress response kicks in, and this drains us further. ‘This exhaustion leads to low mood and the January blues are born. ‘This is different to depression, its short-term exhaustion and by allowing yourself to rest, to rejuvenate, taking the pressure off and healing from the drama of the Christmas period you can often recharge yourself and lift your mood.
‘I believe that January is a time for reflection and rest. This does not mean make a load of resolutions that you are unlikely to follow through, it means rest!’
So how do we cope?
Intentional, scheduled, disciplined, purposeful rest!
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
It is His salvation for my soul that brings joy. My joy needed to be restored! My spirit needed to be willing to be lifted from the death spiral of procrastination, demotivation, fear and shame. Laughter is also good medicine for the blues, and sharing a good laugh is best done with a dear friend! Blue Monday is gone and so is the tight grip of self-expectations! You can release the grip as well. With God, all things are possible.
I know that God will see me (and you) through each time we seem to begin sinking low. His Word is uplifting. His promises are true. His love is real. Trust His heart for you in every moment. He delights in you just as He designed you. And remember, He prays for you.
So, the truth about January? Yeah, it's hard. God didn't promise skies would always be pretty blue, but He did promise that He'd see us through. And with that my friend, I find great hope and peace. As should you!
Resting in His Joy,