Emergency #BlueMonday Support Post

Emergency #BlueMonday Support Post

Blue Monday is a name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. The idea is considered pseudoscience, with its formula derided by scientists as nonsensical, but we like to be thorough in our support of authors, so here is some advice to get you through.

  • Turn on the lights and up the heat while you’re writing. Yes, sometimes it’s just that easy to feel better.
  • Eat and drink, indulge a little if you like; proper fuel is important for your health, including your mental health.
  • Most writers are introverts, but it’s good to talk to someone if you feel isolated; reach out, either online or in real life. If you don’t have anyone, or just want to talk to a stranger, our Twitter is manned most of the day. Tell us about your work in progress or your authors goals.
  • Go outside. The outside world has trees before they become books. They are pretty to look at and they’ll make you feel better. Also: exercise produces endorphins, which are the “happy hormone.”
  • If the outside world is not your thing, look at dead trees instead. Grab your comfort-novel and read a while.
  • Make lists of all the good things you have planned for today. It’ll help calm your mind, and it’ll give you something to look forward to.
  • Write. If all else fails, write. You might be miserable, but at least you’ll be too busy to notice, right?

One more bit of encouragement: if you make it through today, the rest of the year is going to be a breeze.

Photo by Carolina Heza on Unsplash.

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