Have a brighter Blue Monday

Blue Monday falls on the third Monday of January each year and is considered to be ‘the most depressing day of the year’. We wanted to share some practical advice to help you boost your mood.

We know not every day is the same. Some days you might want to shut out the world, and others can be turned around with a small pick-me-up. Not all of these tips will be right for you at any one time, try to approach them according to how you’re feeling today…

1. Call a friend

Sometimes the last thing we want to do when we are feeling down is to ‘burden’ our friends with a phone call. If you are feeling this way, try to reframe your thinking. Remember, you are friends for a reason and it is much more likely that they will show compassion and brighten your day with a much needed sense of distraction.

2. Set yourself a goal to focus on

Research shows we are happier when we have a sense of direction in our lives. Whether it’s a small project for you or a way to help someone else, start by planning something to work towards. Even if you don’t achieve the goal, you’ve taken the first step – visualising and believing it can happen.

3. Disconnect from the outside world for a morning

Put your phone in a different room and do something you love for a block of time (we suggest anything over two hours). Whether it’s blaring music you haven’t listened to in a while, watching an old movie or mindfully doing some crafts. The most important thing? Disconnecting and focusing solely on what’s in front of you.

4. Do something for someone else

Since the pandemic we have all heard some inspirational stories of people helping each other, from incognito deliveries of cakes to NHS staff, to shopping for neighbours. There are all sorts of things you could do to make someone smile today! Studies show that helping someone else can be the best cure to feeling down.

If you need support…

If you need to talk to someone urgently, please visit samaritians.org.uk.

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