Beating the Blues
Sadly, we must recognise this day as no doubt there will be mention of Blue Monday littered across all types of media channels. January’s third Monday, “Blue Monday”, is thought to be the most depressing day of the year. Let’s address this directly – it isn’t, it’s fake!
Blue Monday was created as a PR stunt to sell holidays via a firm appointed by a major travel agency, using criteria such as dreary weather, Christmas expenditure, disappointment from not keeping New Year’s resolutions, going back to work etc., as a justification for this calculation. There is no proven scientific evidence to support this claim, yet on an annual basis we see more and more of this trend.
At Goodwille, we don’t support Blue Monday as a concept, however we do recognise that people struggle with their mental health sometimes every day, sometimes periodically. We also recognise that although Blue Monday is fabricated, that of course the gloomier weather can affect mental health (Seasonal Affective Disorder), as can bodily changes which can occur over the festive period when typically, people may overindulge in rich foods, drinking more alcohol than usual and alterations to sleeping patterns occur.
With all of this in mind, we wanted to circulate some tips on how to beat the blues no matter what time of year this occurs:
- Purchase a SAD lamp to help combat the gloomier weather, and which imitates sunshine
- Get some exercise and fresh air outside when you can, even if its just a walk. Aim for at least 20 minutes a day. Spend time in nature if this is accessible to you.
- Talk – don’t isolate yourself, talk to your friends and family
- Don’t drink too much alcohol
- Avoid recreational drugs
- Drink more water
- Try to avoid ‘comfort food’, instead try to eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Try to care for your hygiene
- Have a routine, this can help you keep your sleep pattern in check and help to make sure you are cooking healthy food rather than reaching for quick, unhealthy choices
- As above, try to have a regular sleep pattern, most adults need around 8 hours per night.
- Try meditation, there are lots of short, snappy, meditation sessions available on an array of media’s such as Spotify, YouTube, Perkbox etc
- Write a journal
- Keep a mood diary
If you are really struggling, then there are lots of resources available in the UK to obtain assistance from trained professionals.
- Speak to your GP, who may be able to refer you for therapy or prescribe medication if needed
- In the workplace, there are often resources offered. Goodwille have Mental Health First Aiders who are always willing to listen and who can offer support and signposting for employees who are struggling
- Some workplaces may offer similar services and Occupational Health when needed
- Mind is a great resource to access advice. Here is their crisis page with phone numbers for Support via Mind and other organisations: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/crisis-services/useful-contacts/
From all as Goodwille, we wish you a safe and healthy New Year!