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Blue Monday. Monday January 26, 2015

Our local Parish Magazine (the fount of truth...) boldly declares January 26th to be the most depressing day of the year. Experts differ but the challenge remains the same: what do we do if "Rainy days and Mondays always get me down"?

I thought I'd turn "Blue" into an acronym, a recipe for joy – a cure for Blue Monday and every other day like it.

It's got not one but four flavours to lift the spirit.

My "B" would be "Beauty". I love to focus on beauty – natural beauty, real beauty like Nature's finest, rather than the accentuated glamour of the fashion industry. I continue to rejoice in the fact that my mind really can only focus on one thing at a time, even if that focus is momentary and fleeting. So, I deliberately focus on that art, that Nature, that music, that moment that I find full of beauty: Beautiful.

My "L" definitely follows Pam's Moodscope blog on "Laughter"... the best medicine alongside a good sleep! If I could laugh myself to sleep, that'd be perfect! Giggles or guffaws?

My laughter-preferences are definitely old-school. Catching a series of programmes on Ronnie Barker last night really sent me off to bed with a smirk on my chops!

My "U" is to celebrate being "Unique" since, even though I regularly wrestle with unhappiness, I still wouldn't want to be anyone else but me... flaws-n-all. Of course, to make this work as a cure for (or at least a distraction from) the blues, I have to focus on those unique characteristics and skills I actually like! I'm sure I can find three!!!

My "E" is for "Entrainment" - the strange phenomenon where our bodies and minds can synchronise with a rhythm and change for the better. To exercise more effectively, we know that upbeat music helps to get the system pumping. To chill out, the right gentle music not only soothes the mind but actually changes our heart rate. So, on Blue Monday, I choose my music on purpose - I choose it carefully, mindful of the fact that music has magic in it to change the mind.

Happy Mondays!

A Moodscope member.

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Hopeful One Mon, Jan 26th 2015 @ 5:32am

Hi Lex- an excellent blue print, pun intended!

The Entertrainer Mon, Jan 26th 2015 @ 5:55am

Thanks, Hopeful One, Pun enjoyed! I'm going to be off-line today, but lovely to check in and see your encouragement before I leave ;0)

Hopeful One Mon, Jan 26th 2015 @ 7:10am

Hi Lex- thanks. I found this for the L. Tried to find a joke not involving sex, race, blondes , gender, politics, religion or referring to any to mental or physical disability. I Realise that there was not much left! However this might fit the bill which I would like to share with the other Moodscopers

A university student delivers a pizza to an old man's house.
"I suppose you want a tip?" says the old man.
"That would be great," says the student, "but the other guy who does deliveries told me not to expect too much – he said if I got 50p, I'd be lucky."
The old man looks hurt. "Well, to prove him wrong, here's £5. What are you studying?"
"Applied psychology," replies the student

Reposted as previous got scrambled by my computer . As they say it is human to make an error but you need a computer to really screw it up.

AJC Mon, Jan 26th 2015 @ 8:52am

Lex...I love this on so many levels. Humming songs as I hop off to work.
Merci beaucoup x

Bunnykins Mon, Jan 26th 2015 @ 9:21am

Thank you, this is lovely for a Monday morning! xx

Anonymous Mon, Jan 26th 2015 @ 10:12am

Hi Lex, superb! One of your best yet, and there have been some good 'uns!
My Beautiful was the kingfisher I watched this morning....saw two or the same one returning!
My L is how much my dog made me laugh this morning and remembering his antics from the weekend in some snow (which was also beautiful!)
My U is the unique way I am thankful I am similar to my fellow Moodscopers.
My E is entertaining myself and entraining with the rhythms whilst I walked said dog and whilst doing the Monday morning cleaning!
After your blog, I am doing the cleaning in a better! Thank you!

Mary Blackhurst Hill Mon, Jan 26th 2015 @ 1:16pm

Ah Lex, I knew it was you at "Rainy Days and Mondays". Excellent, my friend. Let me see now: The first daffodils spotted on my way through the queue on the A14, L a lovely romantic comedy I have just read, U - hey, it's *me*, baby; and E, well - that would be watching Pirates of the Caribbean with the family last night. I had forgotten what a great film that is.Thanks for the reminder.

Julia Mon, Jan 26th 2015 @ 1:33pm

Daffodils. How lovely Mary. I have yet to see any. It must be warmer where you are. I have seen some lambs though!

The Entertrainer Mon, Jan 26th 2015 @ 2:55pm

Hopeful One... (yes, I'm back online), you are so wonderful.
That's a great joke... and I can so totally relate to your computer comment.
I had an 'interesting' day yesterday when I scored my lowest ever Moodscope of 3%. That was quite something, and the computer played its part!

The Entertrainer Mon, Jan 26th 2015 @ 2:55pm

Humming with a French accent - perfect!

The Entertrainer Mon, Jan 26th 2015 @ 2:56pm

Keep bouncing, Bunnykins... you're making my day too! xx

The Entertrainer Mon, Jan 26th 2015 @ 2:57pm

I have "Kingfisher Envy"!!
But cleaning in a better way... surely this is a most wonderous phenomenon!
Tres bon! Formidable!

The Entertrainer Mon, Jan 26th 2015 @ 2:58pm

Hello Mary and Julia
Spring cometh... Sunrise is earlier... A host of golden daffodils will soon be upon us! And lambs.... even the thought is enough to lift the spirit!

Anonymous Mon, Jan 26th 2015 @ 5:24pm

Wonderful to see daffydowndillies so early! We have snowdrops and winter aconites in woods near us...and to cap the kingfisher envy..just got back from second big walk with dog (and husband in tow) and ANOTHER kingfiss flew ahead of us...amazed and stunned, and that was just me! Karen
Oh, and ironing mountain down to miniscule pile :). Good job done!

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