5 Tips to beat 'Blue Monday' depression

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PHOENIX -- It's "Blue Monday" -- supposedly the most depressing day of the year.

In theory, there's a specific formula to determine when "Blue Monday" falls. That formula takes into account weather, debt, time since Christmas, the abandonment of New Year's resolutions and low motivational levels.

Depending on whom you talk to, "Blue Monday" is either the third Monday in January -- today -- or the Monday of the last full week of January -- next Monday.

"I think it's a bunch of garbage, but it's something we have to address," said relationship coach Mike Lindstrom.

Lindstrom sat down with Yetta Gibson to explain five tips to help people deal with any depressing feelings they might be experiencing.

1. Focus on what you have rather than what you lack.

2. Write down weekly goals.

This will help continue your progress and not fall off from your resolutions.

"What's planned it possible; what's written is real," Lindstrom said, explaining that he himself has taken 10 minutes to do this every Sunday for the past 10 years. "Writing stuff down has a big psychology of motivation."

3. Work toward a reward tied to a short-term goal.

"You have a higher motivation for staying on track," Lindstrom explained.

4. Journal.

Each week, take an empty page and write a positive powerful question on top of the page and fill up one single page.

"It takes 10 minutes and it makes you feel so good," Lindstrom said.

5. Contribute to others.

One of the best ways to overcome the "blues" is to give back, donate your time or reach out to those in need of help. This fills your gratitude tank and makes you feel positive.

Lindstrom says he doesn't just advocate taking these actions, he actually does each one.

"As a coach, it holds me accountable," he said. "I tell these things because they've helped me.

"It's a choice [to be happy] but you have to do something overt," Lindstrom continued. "You don't just make the decision. You have to do something outside of yourself."

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