Well this is it folks, this is officially Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year. How so? Well it is apparently all down to crunching dates and numbers, pay cheques, Christmas and of course the weather. Add em all up and you get a date that falls neatly in where the maxed out credit cards have hit, the pay cheque hasn't, the resolutions are forgotten, diet a disaster and self esteem at all time low due to all these contributing factors.
So guess who is going on tv (The Hour STV 5pm) to give handy hints and tips to get you out of your blue funk the natural way. Keen readers may see a slight (ever so slight) irony in this situation, but can I say something here – I feel fab!
Blue is actually my happy colour. It is the colour I see when I do relaxation, when I close my eyes and imagine peace. It is that bright blue summer time sky without a cloud. It's that amazingly inviting foreign sea that you just want to dive right into. It's dolphins jumping and dancing in the waves. I imagine myself all blue, rather like an Avatar in the movie, only a tad smaller, without the dodgy tail and pointy ears. Oh okay, maybe not like an Avatar person at all, but hey, I'm blue anyway. Blight happy blue, good blue.
So back to today. I'm going on with herby pick-me-ups.
Using essential oils for aromatherapy, basil to perk you up and aid concentration (great in the office, a few drops on a hanky is perfect), rosemary helps aid memory and is so uplifting. Chamomile of course to calm the nerves, sage to soothe, oh and lavender, a hug in a bottle. You can mix any of these together to create your own special blends. Or try the amazing clary sage, a real mood lifter all on it's own.
But my favourite thing is teas, tisanes, herbal drinks. This is my GIN-SENG-TONIC recipe that I'll be doing today.
1 pkt of siberian ginseng powder
1 tsp dried sage
1 tsp dried peppermint
1 tsp dried chamomile
4 crushed cloves
4 cups boiling water.
Make this as a standard tea and let sit for 5-8 minutes to infuse . Now you can sweeten this with honey if you wish and drink it as a hot tea in the morning to pep you up for the day ahead.
Pour what is left in the teapot into a bottle and pop it in the fridge. When you get home from work fill a tumbler with ice, cut yourself a slice of lemon and maybe a sprig of mint to decorate and pour over your gin-seng-tonic. The perfect non alcoholic pick me up after a tough day.
So that's what I'm doing this Blue Monday. What are you up to?