The tree is down, the leftovers eaten and the Holiday bills sit on the table. It's official, the holiday season is over and returning to everyday life can prove difficult on one's mental health. That fact lead to the creation of the least festive of holidays; Blue Monday, widely considered the most depressing day of the year.
"Blue Monday kind of originated in 2005 and it was supposedly based off this calculation," said Tasha Collins, Executive Director of Canadian Mental Health Association Weyburn Branch. "I would say the idea behind Blue Monday is more of where we kind of go through the holiday season on a bit of a high and everyone's feeling festive and feeling really good and then you come to January, you make some New Years resolutions and then mid to late January some of these resolutions don't work out and the some of the holiday bills are coming in and some of that can lower our mood. The other thing is we go back into our normalcy."
She noted that the return to normalcy and day to day activities can be difficult for some, especially after the high of the holidays, and aims to help everyone to take care of their mental health.
"Everyone has mental health," she said. "I would want to encourage people to take care of their mental health throughout January and throughout the year."
She added ten simple tips to help maintain your mental health include building confidence, eating right and keeping fit, making time for friends and family, giving and accepting support, creating a meaningful budget, volunteering, managing stress, finding strength in numbers, identifying and dealing with your moods and learning to be at peace with yourself.
"These are real good, simple tips to maintain optimal mental health," she added. "And if anybody is struggling, please contact CMHA and let us be a resource for you and a support."