Blue Monday is considered the most depressing day of the year. It is said that on this day, most people feel sad or depressed because, for example, the implementation of good intentions failed, the holidays seem far away, and the days are still short while the nights are long and dark. The existence of Blue Monday, however, is not scientifically proven. But whether Blue Monday is a myth or not, there are plenty of people who suffer from feelings of depression. Therefore, we want to share a few tips that somewhat relieve these feelings.
Experience ice bath benefits
Taking an ice bath is an extraordinary and energizing experience in itself. Immersing yourself in the cold water feels like a victory, providing you with a temporary boost in your mood. But there are more benefits to taking an ice bath. Not only does it reduce muscle pain, but it also stimulates your vagus nerve. This nerve runs from your brain and connects with various organs in the thorax and abdomen. It regulates specific body functions such as digestion, heart rate, and mood. So, by stimulating your vagus nerve, you can improve your mood.
Try various breathing exercises
Did you know that the way you breathe is related to your emotions? For example, when you are afraid or stressed, you either breathe very quickly or unconsciously hold your breath. Luckily, there are various breathing exercises, such as deep breathing exercises or breathing exercises for anxiety. These sorts of activities have been shown to have a positive effect on mood and lead to feelings of relaxation and reduced stress, which contribute to a sense of overall well-being and happiness.
Learn how to concentrate by practicing meditation
Do you immediately check your phone when you receive a message, even though you are busy with something else? For some, modern life is so distracting that they feel their attention span is shorter than it used to be. Not only does this cause unnecessary chaos in life, but it can also make you feel unhappy. That is why it is necessary to do concentration exercises regularly. One way to practice this is with meditation exercises. These exercises teach you to concentrate, contribute to reducing stress, help you to become more aware of your thoughts and emotions, and reduce negative thoughts by training you to concentrate on just the present moment.
Practice the Wim Hof Method
In addition to practicing cold therapy, breathing exercises, and the ability to concentrate separately, practicing the Wim Hof Method is also an excellent way to help you relieve your Blue Monday symptoms. These three components form the base of the method. Once you combine them, you will experience numerous benefits. For instance, many practitioners experience increased happiness, more energy, a better immune system, and less stress. So, do not wait any longer and start practicing the Wim Hof Method today. There are several online video courses to get you started, including our free Mini Class. Are you ready for more? Then continue with the Fundamentals video course. Check out all our video courses on our e-learning page.