Day 88 (of 189) #bluemonday vs #mlkday
It a tarted as a marketing campaign to sell holiday – an equation led to the the third Monday in January being declared the most depressing day of the year. By “coincidence” #bluemonday also lands on the day the USA recognizes Martin Luther King Day.
The date was made up. The person was real. Both are kind of about “what might be”. What is their impact schools? Well, the end of January and start of February are tough times because of the amount of darkness , even though the days are getting longer – heck I have an annual reminder around Day 113 being one of the toughest days in education. https://technolandy.wordpress.com/2018/03/07/day-116-of-186-still-that-time-of-year-for-a-reminder/
It is easy to get too focused on the “bad” this time of year. Heating bills and Christmas bills hurt the wallet. Snowstorm warnings and “bad” weather. It can admittedly take some work ￼.
As Dr King said: education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.
We can see that Blue Monday may not be real, but there are some things to be aware of:
- There is no “24-hour depression” – it’s not about a day, mental health is not a virus.
- There is a 2009 Japanese study that indicated suicides were higher on Monday than other days of the week
- SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is real – which is why it is important to get outside when the sunlight is present – or lights that mimic sunshine
- I want to attach the phone calls from MCFD as part of “blue Monday” but the precursors to these calls are weeks in process
- I want to say that it’s because of today that the kids are struggling to stay in class (along with foul texts from one of my own who would rather not have “one kid” in the room he works in….
But I know it’s correlation not causation….right?
After all, blending in another Dr King quote: education must also train one for quick, resolute and effective thinking.
Dr King has some powerful quotes about key topics around equality and education. One of my favourites remains: I look to a day when people will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but the content of their character.
Overall, it is just a Monday. If you choose to focus on the #bluemonday ideation, then the sadness will probably weigh on you; if you opt to look to the message of #MLKDay and its push for racial equality (and sexual biases as well!) we can see that as a society, positive changes are continuing – thanks in no small part to both the #metoo and #blacklivesmatter movements.
Thoughts and words are just that…until put into action.