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Down in the Dumps

Everybody gets depressed occasionally; that’s just part of being human. We can usually shake it off fairly quickly, but sometimes it lingers. It might be due to outside circumstances, or a chemical imbalance, or some other combination, but fortunately, there’s help.

January 18 is Blue Monday, the day when many different factors supposedly sync up to be the most depressing day of the year. Though the original study has been roundly criticized for poor data management, that doesn’t mean the idea has no merit.

People respond to depression in different ways. Some pick up bad habits. Some withdraw from family and friends. There are even “Depression” playlists available, filled with slow, sad music for the empathetic, or exciting, fast music to respark your brain.

There is also a professional option: seeing a counselor. An outside perspective can be very helpful in dealing with both the causes and effects of depression. If you know one of these awesome people, let them know they are appreciated with one of our counselor mugs!

1. Expert

Everybody deals with depression in a different way, so what works for one may not for another. Professional counselors can help you find yours.

2. Listen

You have to put in the effort, too.

3. Realistic

Don’t expect miracles. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

4. The Call

Helping people is a real source of pride for counselors.

5. Lift

The right words or opportunities at the right time can make a huge difference to someone who is struggling.

This is just a small sample of the counselor mugs in our collection. Click that link to see all of them. If you are looking for another profession or activity, use the search tools on our home page. Remember, U.S. orders of two or more mugs get free shipping!