Beat Blue Monday and Cure Your Winter Blues
Blue Monday is typically the third Monday in January and is notorious for being the most depressing day of the year. The idea is pseudoscience and determined by a number of factors calculated by a mathematical formula. Factors include: weather, debt, number of days after the holidays, low motivation levels, and unsuccessful new year’s resolutions. Blue Monday was originally conceived by a PR company; however, social media brought awareness to the importance of this concept #BlueMonday.
How accurate the calculation of the day is debatable, but Blue Monday is important because it draws attention to depression (and something many are afraid to discuss).
If you’re feeling down, know you’re not alone.
Winter can be a depressing time for many and the winter blues are not imaginary. Our mood turns dreary with the weather and our spirits drop as fast as the temperature and our bank accounts.
Although; older American adults tend to have less workplace stress, greater flexibility with their day and more wisdom to help them cope with challenges than younger adults, depression and suicide increase with age.
FIND YOUR TRIBE OR COMMUNITY
Surround yourself by people who support a healthy lifestyle and bring happiness into your life. The people in our lives can influence our long-term health in ways similar to the amount of sleep we get, our diet, and not smoking or drinking excessively. Several studies have shown that people who have satisfying relationships are happier, have less health problems and live longer.
Diet matters and is directly linked to living longer and feeling better. Not overeating and eating mostly a plant based diet are thought to help you achieve older ages. In the Mediterranean, a vast amount of centenarians reside. The cuisine in that region is high in fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and nuts. A daily diet of this nature has been linked to lower risk for heart disease, healthier old age, and even protection against memory loss.
MOVE YOUR BODY
Staying active is a necessary ingredient in living a longer, happier life. An active lifestyle keeps our mind and body young. Staying active shouldn’t be a chore. Here are some ideas to have fun with elderly ones.
FIND YOUR PURPOSE OR PASSION
Passion and purpose come in many forms. They may take the shape in a hobby, career, pet, or helping others. Find what motivates you and pursue it relentlessly. These are the things that give our lives meaning.
Dr. Kay got her medical education in Brazil.
Dr. Kay also has a master degree in Film and Television from UCLA and has been an adviser for medical television shows.
Dr. Kay is very active in the Health Industry. She is a member of the American Board of Home Care, the National Association of Home Care, CAHSAH, California Association of Health Services at Home. She co-chairs the education committee for the Down with Falls Coalition. Dr. Kay is in the speaker’s bureau for the coalition helping educate health care professionals and the community on fall risks, diabetes, adverse drug reaction, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, dehydration and nutrition, etc…. for older adults.
Dr. Kay was nominated by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) as the Remarkable Woman of 2008.
Dr. Kay is actively involved in many philanthropy and non-profit organizationssuch as the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, the Philharmonic Society, Women Helping Women, Youth Employment Services, E-Women, Women Sage, Plasticos Foundation, CIELO and others.
Dr. Kay’s passion is to assist seniors to live long and thrive in the comfort of their own home.
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