It’s hard to feel full of the joys in January. Christmas feels like a distant memory, it’s cold and dark, and you’re probably running low on funds after presents and parties galore.
That’s why the 21st January has been dubbed ‘Blue Monday,’ apparently the most depressing day of the year. Blue Monday is usually the third Monday in January, which is the point when our money has run out and our New Year’s resolutions have gone out the window.
But do you need to be sad on the 21st January?
You can choose what you think and believe. If you buy into the headlines about ‘the most depressing day of the year,’ then that will set the tone for your day. But if you choose to take stock, be grateful for what you have, take care of yourself, and make plans for the days, weeks, and months ahead, there’s no reason why you need to be blue on Blue Monday.
Feel Good Ideas for Blue Monday
Get out and about in the daylight
Daylight is in short supply during the winter, but even 10 minutes outside at lunchtime can help boost your mood by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain.
Walk, jog, swim, or cycle. Do anything you want, just get moving. Exercise reduces stress, it’s great for your physical health, and as a bonus, you get to torch the calories from the festive mince pies.
Research has shown that when you smile, happy chemicals are released into the brain, and it can even lower your blood pressure. Make an effort to smile at strangers and spread a little happiness.
Every day, or just before you go to bed, write down 3 things you’re grateful for, no matter how small. This will make you realise how lucky you are to have what you have, and that you have things to be thankful for even when you’ve had a bad day.
Give something back
Studies have shown that helping others, giving a compliment, or donating to charity can increase your sense of wellbeing. Make a resolution this year to give something back, and donate your time and money to a cause that means something to you.
Is it more than the January blues?
If you have a family member, friend, or colleague who is suffering from a persistent low mood or experiencing other symptoms of mental ill health that are nothing to do with the time of year, then it’s time to encourage them to talk and to seek help.
It can be difficult to know what to do in these circumstances, and we offer Mental Health First Aid training and Youth Mental Health First Aid training to organisations and individuals to help people spot the signs and symptoms of mental illness, and to tell them what they can do to help.
Find more information on our training courses here.
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