Happy Blue Monday everyone! Except, according to pop-science it won’t be happy. Blue Monday is supposedly the most depressing day of the year (it’s not really). Which makes it the perfect opportunity to talk about mental wellbeing.
It’s important to distinguish between serious, specific mental health conditions such as depression, on the one hand, and on the other the experience of every single human at one time or another of negative emotions such as anger, boredom and ‘feeling down’. Having said that, I’m not of the belief that mental health or illness is binary. We’re all on a continuum, and what astounds me is the strength of people who live with mental illness to keep going, to find their own paths of recovery and use existing resources or find new resources within themselves.
The lovely people at Mindapples encourage people to think about the things they do (or could do) on a daily basis to maintain good mental health. It’s a lovely, unthreatening way of addressing mental wellbeing, helping people think about and cultivate their own resources and self-awareness.
So, have a happy Monday!