Today is classed at Blue Monday. Why is this? This exert from Wikipedia explains "In 2018, Arnall told The Independent newspaper that it was "never his intention to make the day sound negative", but rather "to inspire people to take action and make bold life decisions". It was also reported that he was working with Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays, having "made it his mission to challenge some of the negative news associated with January and to debunk the melancholic mind-set of "Blue Monday"".https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Monday_%28date%29
So with that in mind I looked out of my window this morning when I was posed with a question on a Facebook Group "How are you keeping your motivation UP on Blue Monday, "The most depressing day of the year?"
So I looked out of my window in contemplation and saw an almost new moon hanging beautifully in the back drop of a beautiful clear blue sky. This made me smile. I thought to myself, despite any hardships or anxieties, life's problems, stress, hormones (!) looking out at that sky this morning is priceless as it bought a smile to my face. Which led me to thinking about why I am doing the work I do. Bringing a smile back to my beautiful clients' faces; bringing them back into that state of peacefulness when they are going through hard times with their own changing bodies and minds. I feed your souls with nurturing, love and intention when you seek me out to help you. As I write those words I can feel my heart expand with the love I have for my work. It fills me with a deep joy. I think about why I could be feeling blue today. I live away from my family and best friends (them being in the Portsmouth area) and I miss them all greatly every day; we have a mortgage, bills to pay, work that needs doing on our home; we need a new car ... and so on and so forth. Instead I have looked at my blessings; looked at the blue sky, the beautiful moon, our homely home; the roof over my head; being fortunate to work with some wonderful business women and that my work brings comfort and release to so many that come through my door for their chosen treatment. I see that my family and friends are pretty healthy and (in the main !) happy. I am blessed with a supportive and loving husband and my little feline buddy Pip Squeak. I am incredibly lucky to be leading this life I have and to have been given the chance to do so. So, for me, my blessings are the MOTIVATION I have for beating the January Blue Monday.
I hope that when you read this, you feel inspired to look around you at your own blessings, however small they be. Write those blessings down in a notebook. See how they make your heart feel when you write those words. Does your heart swell? Does your mouth break into a smile? They may not make your day feel any more of a slog to get through than it already does, but a smile and the feeling of warmth in your heart could help you on your way.
And so, on the note of warmth, I found a recipe from The Doctor's Kitchen that is a mood booster. "Black Bean Chilli with Pulled Mushrooms" https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/pulled_mushrooms_chilli_92323 I have not tried this one yet, but I have tried his Spicy Black Bean Goulash, which is another mood booster recipe. Unfortunately I cannot find a link to the recipe :-( He has a whole host of mood boosting recipes and I would highly recommend you check out his website https://thedoctorskitchen.com/about-the-doctor.
On a final note, I wanted to have a picture attached to this blog. I saw this Blue Rose and I knew immediately it had to be the one. To me, it feels comforting, deep, warm, loving, like it might smell fresh, maybe ocean like. It reminds me of my seaside roots. Look at BLUE in a different way; find your version of a comforting blue, one that maybe reminds you of something nice, something special; Lets bring Blue Monday back from a negative to a positive and "...... inspire people to take action and make bold life decisions" and to debunk the melancholic mind-set of "Blue Monday"".
Pauline Wolfe - Currently perimenopausal; passionate; creative; loves to write; sketches for down time; down to earth & likes to write in layman terms! Moved to Malvern 3 years ago from Central South seaside, married 2 years to born & bred local builder. Two grown up children, 3 grandchildren!