On Monday 17 January 2022, it’s Blue Monday, supposedly the most depressing day of the year. It’s a term coined in 2005 by British psychologist Cliff Arnall, who believes people feel at their lowest on this Monday. In the beginning of January, everyone still has many New Year’s resolutions, but by Blue Monday most of these have already fallen by the wayside. Holidays seem a long way off and it’s still dark for most of the day.
You can spend as much time and effort as you like doing all kinds of relaxation activities, but if you don’t declutter you mind, you will never really feel Zen. And yes, that’s easier said than done!
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Waste products build up in your brain just like in the rest of your body. These are removed as part of your body’s repair and maintenance processes. But you can do your bit to keep your mind healthy by decluttering or ‘detoxing’ your mind. Compare it to giving your liver a break so it can keep working properly. If waste products don’t get removed and if you don’t clear your mind of negative, toxic thoughts at regular intervals, you will get tired more quickly and be more susceptible to headaches and even depression. Did you know that it has been scientifically proven that people who suffer from stress for years, experience brain tissue loss?
One really great tip you have probably already heard of is: a clean house creates a clear mind. Get rid of everything that you don’t find beautiful or doesn’t give you joy, everything you no longer use and everything that is broken. Where possible, take these things to the recycling centre or donate them to charity shops. This will not only free up space in your home, the physical act of decluttering also has you moving around. This releases dopamine in your brain, making you feel good. Movement (and exercise) also cause the body to produce less cortisol (i.e. the stress hormone).
You may want to check out some of our previous blogposts on how you can learn to relax and declutter your mind. Definitely worth a read!
Silence is another important element in your quest for relaxation. You can find silence in nature, but also during a day of me-time in the sauna. What’s more, you can add a massage to your sauna experience to really leave all your stresses and strains behind for a while!
These messages are definitely worth a quick read!
Do we have a treat for you this January! If you book a session in our private sauna (Monday to Friday only), you can enjoy our thermal baths for the rest of the day for free!
Winter solstice, 21 December, the longest night of the year. From then until 21 June (i.e. the longest night of the year), the nights are getting shorter again, with a few extra seconds of daylight every day. On the longest night, we spend more than 16 hours in darkness. That’s a whole lot of darkness! No wonder it affects our moods.