"Blue Monday" may not be as well-known as New Year's Day, but it has a pretty substantial impact on those who recognize it. The term refers to the first Monday after all of the halls have been decked and New Year's resolutions made. The holidays are over, and suddenly we are all thrust out of our revelries and are diligently heading back to work. Unsurprisingly, this shift often brings about a dip in mood, and has even been linked to an increased risk of depression.
"For many people, the holidays are a time of too much eating and drinking, combined with family stresses and relationship issues. They begin the new year mentally and physically exhausted," a press release published by ScienceDaily states.
Loyola University Medical Center psychiatrist Dr. Angelos Halaris commented on this effect, and how it coincides with general mood – particularly for people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This condition is characterized by increased instances of exhaustion and depression at specific times of year, most notably winter.
The combination of exhaustion, holiday withdrawal, short overcast days and cold weather is enough to make anyone feel a bit out of spirits, but if you already find yourself feeling down at this time of year, it's important to keep track of your symptoms before they become too overwhelming.
In some cases, you may simply need to infuse more joy in your life, and the bedroom is a great place to start. Little additions like natural massage oil and vaginal moisturizer can really get sparks flying, so you and your partner won't even notice the bitter cold!