Published January 16, 2023
Slay the Day with Monslay: The Power of a Positive Mindset over Blue Monday’s Myth
Monday morning at Inspired Business Media started with a weekly shout, bringing the team together to discuss the weekly activities and targets. But as the team gathers together, the topic of conversation shifts to the popularized concept of Blue Monday and how it is a farce.
The idea of Blue Monday, supposed to be the most depressing day of the year, falls on the third Monday of January each year. However, the science behind Blue Monday is largely debunked. Depression is a complex mental health condition that cannot be reduced to a single day on the calendar. The formula used to calculate Blue Monday is based on a number of flawed assumptions.
According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression worldwide. And a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 11% of the U.S. population aged 12 or older had experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year. These numbers demonstrate that depression is a serious and prevalent issue that cannot be reduced to a single day on the calendar.
Instead of focusing on a day associated with negative connotations, the team at inspired business media decided to focus on a day that promotes positivity and motivation. Introducing “Monslay”, a made-up term meaning to be alive, motivated, determined, and ready to tackle the day.
Mindset is everything when it comes to managing our mental and emotional well-being. A positive mindset can help individuals to better cope with the challenges of life and to maintain overall well-being. Engaging in activities that bring joy and purpose, and reaching out to friends and loved ones for support can be beneficial for mental health.
“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes” – William James
“A positive attitude can really make dreams come true – it did for me” – David Bailey
“Positive anything is better than negative nothing” – Elbert Hubbard
“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” – Zig Ziglar
According to a study conducted by the American Psychological Association, individuals with a positive outlook tend to have better physical and mental health, experience less stress, and are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors.