Blue Monday, Super Moons and Self Care

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Monday the 21st of January, will be Blue Monday. Blue Monday is the third Monday of January when, in the Northern Hemisphere, we are feeling the effects of constant cold, dark nights. The excitement of a new year has died down and to top it all off, our credit card bills arrive. No surprise then that it’s been called the most depressing day of the year.

On a more cosmic note, this year it coincides with a Super Moon Eclipse.

A super moon happens when the moon is at its closest point to Earth. A total lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes behind the Earth and into its shadow. The Earth blocks any direct sunlight from reaching the moon. The only light that reaches the moon’s surface is refracted from the Earth, giving it a reddish colour. This is why a totally eclipsed moon is sometimes called a blood moon.

So we have Blue Monday and a Super Blood Moon.

What, you may be asking, does any of this have to do with the price of fish?

Science has shown that the lunar cycle affects us physiologically just like the seasons. So it’s not just “hippie stuff”. I once met a grumpy old farmer in Italy who kept a calendar showing the phases of the moon in his shed. He made sure to plant and harvest in harmony with the moon. Believe me, there was absolutely nothing New Age about him!

In addition, as people we are deeply affected by the feelings of those around us. When there is a general mood of sadness and gloom, it affects us, even if we don’t talk about it.

The effects of the lunar cycle and the sadness of Blue Monday can combine and impact us in ways that aren’t immediately obvious. It can leave us feeling out of sorts and not knowing why.

For me, paying attention to the moon and dates like Blue Monday is a bit like checking a different kind of weather forecast. It gives me a better sense of what’s going on and how it may be influencing my mood.

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” Alfred Wainwright

So if you would take a coat or umbrella with you when rain was forecast, what do you take with you to prepare yourself for a Super Blood Moon Blue Monday?

Here are my suggestions:

1. A bumper pack of kindness

It’s a good time to extend extra kindness to others and ourselves. Knowing the world is more intense today helps us to be more understanding. We accept the fact that when temperatures rise, tempers become short. This is really no different.

2. Riding the wave of reflection

I've been reading that this full moon is also a good time to reflect on our priorities and what we would like to create this year. It's easy to rush head first into the year but we're still only in January. There's plenty of time to keep building your vision for 2019.

3. Retreat and restore.

When we created the Winter Retreat, we had winter days like these in mind. Our self-care guide is designed to help you extend yourself extra kindness and weather the storm.

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