A Cure for Blue Monday
Have you ever heard of Blue Monday? The term was coined in 2005 and takes place on the third Monday of January every year. Supposedly, it’s considered to be the saddest day of the year due to generally lousy weather, early dark nights, post-holiday blues and many people already defaulting on their New Year’s Resolutions (I said I was going to go to the gym every day… whoops!)
Don’t fret, because I know of the perfect remedy to beat those blues: wine! Did you know wine directly affects our chemical compounds by altering levels of neurotransmitters in our brains? Wine actually increases the release of dopamine and serotonin in our brains, making us feel good and happy when enjoyed in moderation! Phytochemicals in wine can naturally calm the body, and even block enzymes that heighten anxiety and stress. Studies have even shown that small amounts of wine may be associated with reduced symptoms of depression. That’s some science that I’m willing to test out!
Another thing to smile about? Red wine has actually been known to have health benefits, like protecting against coronary heart disease, helping to prevent aging, and even lowering the risk of developing dementia! It is also packed with antioxidants such as resveratrol, quercetin, and procyanidin which can help lower bad cholesterol and boost your immune system. Red wine can also help to regulate blood sugar and has been known to boost memory and cognitive functioning.
The benefits of drinking a glass of wine a few times a week go on and on, and in my experience it’s pretty hard to be in a bad mood if there’s a glass of great wine in my hand.
My recommendation to beat the blues is to pour yourself a glass of Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon and order your favorite meal from a local restaurant to pair with it. This wine has notes of black cherry, baked plum cinnamon, blackberry and a hint of cracked pepper on the finish. Pair it with a hearty steak, pasta with Bolognese sauce, or even a burger! Whether or not you believe in Blue Monday, I think it’s the perfect excuse to pour a glass, put your feed up, and treat yourself.