Blue Monday

Turn "Blue Monday" into "Brew Monday"

Welcome to Blue Monday, dubbed the most depressing day of the year.

Blue Monday falls on the third Monday of the year – in 2024 that makes its Monday, January 15th.

January’s cold and dreary weather, the long stretch until payday underscored by festive debt, lapsed New Year's resolutions and the joy of Christmas fading in the rear-view mirror is thought to be the reason many people feel down. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, which affects millions of people, causing symptoms similar to depression including low mood, lethargy and loss of interest in hobbies can also contribute to this feeling.

When the idea of Blue Monday came about in the mid-2000s, with the idea that this was a very depressing day, the Good Samaritans organization decided they wanted to do something about it. So, they countered the phrase Blue Monday, with their own “Brew Monday”, encouraging people to brew a cup of tea and have a talk with someone. It’s a simple but viable way for people to stay connected and avoid the feelings of loneliness and despair that often accompany those who have thoughts of suicide

Turning "Blue Monday" into "Brew Monday" is such a creative and positive idea!  Adding a positive twist with a focus on brewing something enjoyable can lift spirits. Here are a few suggestions:

Brew Your Favorite Beverage: Start your day by brewing your favorite type of tea, or any beverage that brings you comfort and joy.

Try a New Recipe: Experiment with a new brewing recipe, whether it's a unique tea infusion, or a homemade hot chocolate. The process of creating something new can be uplifting.

 As you savor your cup of tea, look at travel brochures or web sites and dream of a trip to somewhere sunny and warm or peruse seed catalogs to plan for the flowers you want to plant this spring.

Share the Experience: Make a list of your friends and acquaintances, making sure to include that one friend who often seems sad. Invite friends or family to join you for a virtual coffee or tea session. Share stories, laughter, and the joy of brewing together. 

Create a Relaxing Atmosphere: Set the mood with calming music, soft lighting, and a cozy space. Transform your brewing experience into a mindful and relaxing ritual.

Connect with Others: Reach out to friends or colleagues and suggest a "Brew Monday" gathering. It's an opportunity to connect, share positive vibes, and support each other.

Remember, the idea is to focus on the positive aspects of brewing and enjoying your favorite beverages to turn a potentially "blue" day into a more uplifting and enjoyable one.

We believe it’s a good idea to keep lonely friends in mind – whether it’s Monday or not – and give them a call or an email to let them know you’re in their corner. 

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