Jan 18, 2021
Welcome to 'Blue Monday'!
That is, apparently, what today is.
Traditionally, the third Monday in January has been given this rather gloomy title because of a combination of things.
Post-Christmas blues, dark nights, perhaps the realisation that we've still got quite a few weeks of winter ahead, maybe the arrival of bills, including credit-card bills following an expensive festive period. And let's not forget the added pressure of the coronavirus pandemic this year.
I know, I know - all a load of old nonsense, right? Maybe. Who's to say being down in the dumps is especially pertinent today?
Of course, unfortunately for some people being 'blue' is not just for one day. It's much longer lasting. Some do suffer serious depression and it's not just about feeling 'down' for 24hours. I also know quite a number of people who are really affected by the time of year. Some experts call it 'SAD' - Seasonal Affective Disorder - and it can be really debilitating.
If you are feeling constantly sad and depressed, it's not a bad thing to get some help.
But if it's just today that is making you feel 'blue' then here's a little thought for you which might help you to smile through today, if you can!
It's a poem I came across in recent years. It does mention an 'epidemic' ... sorry about that ... hope no one is offended.
But it might help.
It's apparently attributed to the brilliant, funny, talented Spike Milligan, who himself experienced challenging mental health at times during his life.
Smiling is infectious
You catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today
I started smiling too.
I walked around the corner
And someone saw me grin.
When he smiled I realised
I'd passed it on to him.
I thought about the smile,
And realised its worth.
A single smile like mine
Could travel round the earth.
If you feel a smile begin
Don't leave it undetected.
Let's start an epidemic quick
And get the world infected!
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