If you’ve woken up this morning feeling a little down, a little grumpy, and just generally a little more “blue” than you usually do, you’re apparently not alone. In fact, today is Blue Monday. It's officially recognized as the most depressing day of the whole year for everyone.\nThe unofficial holiday, which falls annually on the third Monday of January, is the name given to the most miserable day of the new year ahead.\nWhile it’s not exactly a scientific term, experts have reason to believe that it’s the one day of the year that Canadians feel at their collective lowest, thanks to a number of factors lining up.\nUnhappiness peaks this year on January 20, when the weather is dark and cold, our New Year's motivation has slumped, Christmas has become a distant memory, and the festive bills have started rolling in.\nDespite the term “Blue Monday” being originally invented as a PR stunt by a travel company, it has since become a northern hemisphere phenomenon, and people around the globe are believed to be waking up this morning feeling unhappier than usual.\nThat said, despite the misery factors and bone-chilling conditions that many Canadians are experiencing right now, there’s still hope to turn things around.\nExperts have a number of suggestions for pick-me-ups for this depressing day (and the rest of the year) and they’ll help you make the very best out of a bad day.\nView this post on Instagram Don’t feel like feeling blue next Monday? Boek nu je afspraak voor een @impressiv_iv - vitamine-boost @lightfallsclinic #iv #ivtherapy #vitamins #energyboost #bluemonday #optimalhealth #lifestyle #lightfalls #clinic #experts#optimalaging A post shared by Lightfalls Cosmedic Clinic (@lightfallsclinic) on Jan 17, 2020 at 8:43am PST\nAccording to some experts, specific foods and drinks could help ease you out of this winter slump.\nSpinach is believed to boost energy, while yogurt can help reduce anxiety. Avocados and sweet potatoes can also improve your general mood.\nIf you feel like treating yourself, there are hundreds of perfect brunch spots across Canada that will have you feeling better in no time.\nOne psychologist recommends setting 15 minutes aside to do absolutely nothing could offset any negative vibes while booking a break or spending time in nature might “lessen feelings of despair” on Monday.\nToday, Jan 21 is considered by some as Blue Monday. Experts say food like spinach increases energy levels and yogurt can help curb anxiety and mood swings. Avocado and sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients that help improve your mood. pic.twitter.com/XCVtxoNAOw— carolan w. lesaux (@cwadsworthCTV) January 21, 2019\nWhen it comes to feeling better today, you do you.\nWhether that’s exercising, shopping, playing video games, booking a vacation with your besties, taking a long bath, eating an avocado, or eating an entire pizza to yourself — if it makes you feel good, just do it!\nWhile Blue Monday can feel like a day of only doom and gloom, there’s actually plenty of wonderful things going on in the world, too.\nOver in Calgary, CIR Realty and AARCS Canada are teaming up to bring baskets of adorable rescue puppies to cheer up people feeling that January slump.\nIn the U.K., charities are changing the term to “Brew Monday,” and are using the opportunity to offer a cup of tea and a chat to those feeling lonely or lost after Christmas.\nDid you know that Blue Monday is considered to be the most depressing day of the year?!😫 AMP Radio, @CIR_Realty, & @AARCS_Canada want to help make your day better by bringing a basket of puppies to you or your workplace! 🐶 Head to https://t.co/cyxvzBE4wp to enter. pic.twitter.com/5My07NKxN9— 90.3 AMP Radio (@ampcalgary) January 14, 2020\nIt's *supposed* to be #BlueMonday is this Monday, but we're going to be popping the kettle on and turning it into #BrewMonday instead, getting people together to connect over a warming cuppa. Will you be joining us this winter? ☕ https://t.co/9iKHYGmQDI pic.twitter.com/WG0pyYj9CO— Samaritans (@samaritans) January 15, 2020\nIf nothing else, Blue Monday is a good opportunity to get people talking about mental health, and how important it is.\nIf you, or someone you love, is struggling, consider reaching out to a health professional or someone you trust.\nTalking to somebody else is always the first step.\nJust remember, it’s only January 20 and it can still get better from here.\nStay smiling, Canada.