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Don’t be blue today – the best solution for Blue Monday

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Today, 15th of January 2018 is Blue Monday, dubbed the most depressing day of the year. Fear not, I have the solution for Blue Monday.

The solution for Blue Monday

My solution? Ignore it. Blue Monday is nothing more than the brainchild of a PR company. So my advice is, carry on with life as usual.

If you’re easily impressionable and this advice comes too late for you I have a plan B: book your next holiday. The anticipation of a holiday is uplifting.

After all, it is really cold here in the UK, the days are short and it doesn’t feel like we can make the most of it. It’s not quite the same as those long sunshiny days when one feels we can fit so much in a day, plenty of smiles to and from strangers, plus an ice cold Gin & Tonic after the children’s bedtime.

Plus, flights tend to be cheaper around 22 weeks before departure. Yep, that’s right – now’s the time to book for the summer.

Holidays for multilingual families

Us expat families of bilingual children have an extra incentive: trips home do an awful lot to improve language development. See my post about our Christmas holiday home

If it’s not possible for you to have a big trip home. Do shorter one. Or go somewhere closer where the language is spoken. For example, if you’re Colombian, go to Spain, or if you’re Brazilian, go to Portugal.

Have children of pre-school age? Lucky you!

You see, once children start school we’re limited by school holidays, and travelling during that time is exponentially more expensive than at other times. So, if you’re in that position, I urge you: go now, don’t find excuses, just do it. I wish I done it earlier!

Back to the main point: feeling blue…

Anyway, if even the thought of a holiday doesn’t cheer you up and you’re feeling really depressed, make an appointment to see your Doctor as soon as possible. You know… just in case. I’m glad I did when I was feeling down.

Or you can also call the Samaritans. There’s someone on the other side of the line, 24/7, 365 days of the year, it’s free to call. You don’t need to be suicidal to call the Samaritans.

This advice is for all year round, not just Blue Monday. #itsoknottobeok

Stay safe, be happy!


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