Today is Blue Monday, supposedly the gloomiest day of the year. Whether you take seriously the notion that the third Monday in January is indeed the emotional nadir of the year, or think it’s a convenient target for all the free-floating grumpiness we tend to feel in late January and early February, or even think this is just marketing rubbish invented by a travel agent, today is the day when it’s all right to pour yourself an extra cup of hot cocoa and feel a bit sorry for yourself.
Or–you could head outside for a nice, brisk walk. Research indicates that walking in nature with a group can improve mood in people who have experienced a recent stressful life event. The blue of the sky and the smell of wintry fresh air combine with the mild cardio workout and social interaction to give a real mood-booster and a calming effect.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best, “The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” The snow-coated aspens and Ponderosa pines on the Aspen Vista Trail form a stark contrast with the deep blue New Mexico sky. It’s one of my favorite hikes and always leaves me inspired.
If you would like to have a little inspirational blue sky of your own, head over to my Society6 shop where this print is available as both an art print and iPhone and laptop covers.