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9 tips for not getting depressed on Blue Monday: the most depressing day of the year

Blue Monday, myth or reality? And how can you survive this Monday, considered the most depressing Monday of the year, when you are start quitting smoking? We'll explain it all to you!

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January 20, 2020

"What is « Blue Monday »? The phrase was coined in 2005 by Cliff Arnall. He says that thanks to an equation it would be possible to say that the 3rd Monday of January is the most depressing day of the year.

The equation:

This theory would be based on the fact that the following factors affect our mood on this day:

  • The weather: Lack of sunshine and the cold of winter…
  • Debts incurred during the Christmas holidays
  • The pay that's still a long way off
  • End of the weekend and beginning of the week
  • The Christmas holidays are far away

Publicity stunt? The story goes that Professor Cliff Arnal was paid by a travel agency to advertise the benefits of travel in January.

Feeling down? Here’s 9 tips from Kwit for not getting depressed

1) LIGHT!

Light is essential for being happy and in good mental health, so open the shutters, light up your office or your house! It is proven that the lack of light has a negative effect on our mental health, so January's depression is not insignificant. Indeed, the days are short, the sky is cloudy, so we are less exposed to light … It is then necessary to go out when it is daylight, to air the mind! And there is no more temporary depression.

2) A BALANCED diet !

We don't eat junk food, we take care of our body: "a healthy mind in a healthy body" and for that we fill up on vitamins!

3) Vitamin B

And especially vitamin B3 helps to stabilize morale, it can be associated with vitamin C. You can find vitamin B in white meat and fish. It is important to know that all vitamins are necessary for our health, and it is very important to fill up with vitamins when you stop smoking in order to help your body get rid of the chemicals from cigarettes.

4) Saffron

A spice known for its anti-depression virtues: saffron makes you feel good. Saffron can be use in many of your cooked dishes, it gives taste and a yellow color. It goes particularly well with fish and seafood and of course with rice! The best thing about quitting smoking is that saffron is a powerful antioxidant, i.e. it helps to fight against cancer.

5) Sport!

Practicing a sport activity is good for the brain. But don't panic, no need to run a marathon, walk 30 minutes every day, get some fresh air and get active!

6) A cold shower

A cold shower is good for morale! Cold water:

  • Improves circulation and oxygenation of the organs
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Relax the muscles
  • Improves sleep
  • Gives willpower

7) Avoid caffeine

Makes you anxious and irritable. Please read our article tobacco and coffee to learn more about this bad blend.

8) Green vegetable juices

Green plants allow a better oxygenation of neurons. These juices contain :

  • Fiber: Regulate the intestinal transit and protect the intestinal flora
  • Enzymes: These substances are necessary for the health of our muscles, bones, digestion, immune system and breathing (not bad when you stop smoking)
  • Antioxidants: the anti-cancer element par excellence
  • And of course vitamins

Here is a simple and delicious recipe 😋

  • One tablespoon of basil leaves
  • A bowl of spinach
  • A cucumber
  • Mix it all together 🥒

9) Stay positive and enjoy yourself!

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