So, today is Blue Monday. Offically the saddest day of the year, or so it's claimed. A combination of post-Christmas blues, dark nights, winter illness and being skint. There is even a mathamatical equation to work it all out.. but we won't bother with all that because I say no to Blue Monday!
There's a line from the Scroobius Pip song 'Waiting for the beat to kick in', taken, sort of, from the John Cusack film 'Say Anything' that goes "How hard is it to decide to be in a good mood. And then just be in a good mood? That's all I have to say because it's a straight up fact. You control your emotions it's as simple as that" - Now, I don't actually believe that to be true, I know sometimes that I can not control all my emotions, maybe you're the same? Somedays I am just sad. It's not a choice, it just happens, I can't explain it. There often isn't a *real* reason (whatever that means), I'm just sad - and you know what? That is abso-fucking-lutley okay. It is. It really, really is. But, I think Blue Monday is a load of shit.
To me, Blue Monday, just knowing that this day is 'supposed' to be miserable can negativley affect your state of mind and that's not good for anyone. I know lots of people purposely try and make Blue Monday, out of any other day, not-miserable in an effort to counteract it almost, and this is brilliant. Brilliant!
I am really big on self-care, self-love and doing the little things to help make you happier, healthier and more connected with yourself. Whatever they may be, they are vital. It's a bit cliche I know but....
This year I'll be putting more focus on self-care into my workshops and events, with the introduction of new classes, self-care craft kits and my usual friendly, relaxing and informal approach to learning. Being happy is so underated and I want my workshops to be a little bit of extra happiness for everyone.
So I say bollocks to Blue Monday and hells yeah to doing all the things that make you feel good, and happy, and confident and accomplished and proud and positive. Do them and feel great about it.