Every year, the third Monday of January is dubbed “Blue Monday”. Its been named this title due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and potential financial difficulties around this time of year, however as stated by Mental Health Foundation, no actual scientific studies have ever backed up any claims about Blue Monday.
The day in reality is just like any other with its own set of good and bad occurrences. It is however, important to look after your mental health every day and find small ways to bring more wellbeing and self care into your routine which can be done in a variety of ways that we have listed below.
Taking some time out to look after yourself and invest in your own personal wellbeing is so important to having a positive mental health.
1. Try and move a little every day
Being active may reduce stress, increase your energy levels, make you more alert and even improve your sleep.
2. Try a relaxation technique
Relaxing and focusing on your breathing can help your body feel less tense and your mind feel calmer.
3. Connect with others
Find time to keep in touch with co-workers, friends, family, and others to help you (and them) feel more connected.
4. Take time to reflect and practice self-compassion
Make time to reflect on the positive aspects of your day, celebrate and enjoy the small things.
5. Improve your sleep
Aim to go to bed and get up at the same time each day in order to maintain a routine. Also, try to get some natural sunlight by opening curtains and windows.
6. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)
Try a breathing exercise to be more present and aware to your surroundings. The NHS has a breathing exercise you can try on their website.
7. Learn a new skill
Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by boosting your self-confidence and raising your own self esteem.