How to protect your mental health ahead of ‘Blue Monday’ – CTV

Jan. 3, 2023

Pine trees have been discarded, wreaths and string lights are tucked back into storage, and in just a few short weeks, heavy feelings of sadness may arise as the holiday comedown officially sets in.

The third Monday of the month, January 16, will mark ‘Blue Monday,’ considered to be the saddest day of the year and a particularly heavy time for some.

“Now the holiday celebrations are over and people are now returning back to their regular routine, and on top of that, we are also facing the depth of the cold and dark winter season,” Vera Cheng, registered social worker and psychotherapist, told CTV News Channel Monday. “As the post-holiday slump sets in, we are also trying to live up to the reality of our New Year’s resolution which can be a challenging time for our mental health.”

According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), one in five Canadians experiences mental illness in any given year, and an estimated two to three per cent of Canadians are affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

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