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Overcoming January Blues

The third Monday in January is often referred to as Blue Monday, or the saddest day of the year in popular culture. Although there is no scientific basis for this particular day being the saddest of the year, there are many factors that are causing Canadians to feel blue at this time of year. Similar to previous years, Canadians are experiencing the aftermath of holiday expenses, the pressure of completing new year resolutions, and only about nine hours of daylight time.

Many Canadians currently are also still in province-wide lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which takes an additional toll on mental health, especially those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

One of the best ways that Canadians can improve their mental health at this time is to make simple but effective lifestyle changes that include:

· Getting a proper sleep

· Being physically active

· Setting up a budget to manage spending habits

· Spending time in nature

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If you’re worried about yourself or a loved one at this time the Canada Suicide Prevention Service is available 24/7 for voice at 1.833.456.4566 and 4pm to 12am ET for text at 45645.


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