Blue Monday

It’s here. Apparently, the most depressing day of the year. Or is it?

Published: 18th January 2021

Blue Monday has been known as the most depressing day of the year; it’s January, it’s dark, it’s a date that for most of us our New Year resolutions have already been broken – and so some of us dread this milestone in the infancy of a new year.

However new literature has informed us that – like other ‘days’ in our calendar eg. Black Friday – Blue Monday was a marketing campaign contrived by a travel company in order to sell more holidays.

No matter whether Blue Monday is real or not; this time of year – especially during lockdown 3.0 – can be a difficult time for people and their mental health and wellbeing.

We’ve come up with a few – socially distanced – ideas to help aid you during this week or anytime you feel a little blue.

A walk

Simple yet effective; moving the body gets your mind and body working at their best. Whether it’s on the beach, in your local park or just around the block; movement can increase your levels of serotonin in order to feel a boost to your mood. Get your trainers on, blow those cobwebs away and breathe.

Exercise

Yoga, running, swimming (when the pools open), cycling can all stretch those muscles and your mind for some well-earned headspace.

Eating

Eating leafy greens, brightly coloured veg and dark chocolate can release endorphins; so get munching.

Goal setting

Looking forward, making plans, completing tasks, writing lists and striking them off can all give you a dopamine hit. Roxie Nafousi’s goal setting workshop in partnership with ALA Insurance could be a good place to start.

Life admin

Getting your life admin in order can give you some peace of mind and can free your mind to think about something else. Setting time aside every day until your tasks are complete means you can sort them without feeling overwhelmed. Laundry, meal prep, paying a bill or even sorting out home insurance or GAP insurance for your car – completing one of these things per day will again give you that hit of dopamine and you will feel unstoppable!

Meditation

Our partnership with Roxie has also given us a taster for some meditation and relaxation. Meditation and breath work calms your central nervous system making you more clear headed and able to tackle stress. You can watch Roxie’s meditation work shop here.

Random act of kindness

We all know the feeling when a friend, family member, work colleague – or even a stranger – brightens your day with an unexpected message or token. Send your friend some flowers, give your dad a call, leave a bottle of wine on your neighbour’s door step or even a wave to a stranger across the street; any of these things (you don’t need to spend a penny) can give you and the other person a feeling of warmth and belonging at this strange time we are all going through.
 

And of course, if you need to talk to someone about how you are feeling we can recommend these resources to support you, whenever you need it.

Calm Zone  https://www.thecalmzone.net/
Samaritans  https://www.samaritans.org/
Shout  https://giveusashout.org/
Mind  https://www.mind.org.uk
Black Minds Matter  https://www.blackmindsmatteruk.com/
Age UK  https://www.ageuk.org.uk/services/befriending-services/

Published: 18th January 2021
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