JOPLIN, Mo. — Today, Blue Monday, is considered the most depressing day of the year.
“Right now it’s just a tough time of year. Christmas is over, there are no big holidays to look forward to. There’s less light, all the bills are coming in for everything I bought for Christmas. Depression reaches its climax. People struggle with affective disorder, which is all of life’s emotional anguish,” said Dr. Karl Wendt, director of Mt. Hope Christian Counseling.
Dr. Wendt says his team sees more people seeking help around this time.
“More and more people are open to working on their own issues. I don’t know if it was Simone Biles. I don’t know if it was COVID. People just realize it’s okay to struggle, but it’s also okay to name it and say, “I’m going to make some progress on this.” It’s not who I am, it’s what I’m going through. That’s what counseling is for.
Dr. Wendt says talking about your problems with a family member or friend can also help.
“When you don’t talk about it, you freeze them. They get stuck on any difficulty level and just loop and loop and loop and loop and the same problem goes on and on. When you talk about it, it changes the neural pathways in your brain, just by verbalizing it and talking about it, and even without solutions, you are already improving it by talking about it.
Exercising and having more light can also help fight the blues.
“Do something for someone. In fact, as long as it’s not illegal or immoral, do something about it. You just need to get moving so you can move forward and make better decisions,” added Dr. Wendt.