The dreaded blue Monday has passed, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still experience the blues.
Here are some tips to help you get through the January Blues:
Blue Monday has been marked as the most depressing day of the year. In general, many people find January a month of low mood and motivation. The weather is cold and far from optimal, as well as financial struggles post-Christmas. As well as this, Blue Monday lands on the third Monday of January, the time of the month where New Year’s resolutions begin to fail. Yet there are steps you can take to maintain your happiness and productivity during this month!
Blue Monday was originally created in 2005 as a press release from UK-based travel firm, Sky Travel as a marketing tactic to convince people to book a holiday during this time. However, there is no scientific evidence or statistics to prove Blue Monday is the worst day for depression.
Nevertheless, whether it is Blue Monday or not, you may be feeling down regardless of the time of the year. We have put together some tips to help you through any periods of time that you may be feeling down.
- Keep Active
When you feel down it can lead you to have low energy, which could put you off being active. However, regular exercise can boost your mood. Make sure to choose an exercise you enjoy otherwise it will be difficult to motivate yourself to do it regularly.
- Eating Habits
When feeling down, it’s easy to turn to sugary and processed foods that make us feel better temporarily. However, these types of foods can lead to fatigue and even contribute to stress and depression. Boost your mood with healthy fruits, vegetables and other wholesome foods that fill you with proper nutrients.
- Meet up with friends and family
Family and friends are your number one support system when you’re feeling stressed and down. Call them, have coffee with them or grab a bite to eat with them – just get out of the house, sit down and chat about anything that’s bothering you. In the long run, these simple acts will help you feel more in control.
- Talk to someone about how you are feeling
Don’t deal with these feeling alone. Sometimes talking to someone whether that be friends or family, or a professional can offer some positive thoughts.
- Make the most of the daylight -get out of the house
During the Winter make sure to make the most of the daylight. The reduced amount of sunlight can lead to feelings of depression and disrupt your body’s internal clock.
If you’d like to learn more about mental health and wellbeing, look at the Mental Health & Wellbeing Shows website. You can also take a look at the free webinars we provide. Here is the link: https://mhwshow.co.uk/webinars/