#MondayMotivation – Staying Positive This Blue Monday
Today is Blue Monday, the third Monday into the month of January that has been labelled ‘the most depressing day of the year’.
A combination of debt levels, the current pandemic and winter weather conditions has led to the Blue Monday label however there is no conclusive evidence that this day is more depressing than any other Monday during the winter season.
That aside, a general low mood at this time of year is not unusual and it may seem impossible to get into an energised and positive mindset. However, the FashionCapital team agree that positive mental health is an absolute must for a happy working environment so we have come up with 5 ideas that may tame Blue Monday (and the rest of the month) and get you back on track for the year!
- Try something new! – Try a dance or yoga class, try out trekking, take a cookery class, join a singing group, or for budget friendly ideas find a free class via YouTube such as beginners learn to paint or how to make your own soap – so many to choose from.
- Get chatting – Even if you have an active social life, making connections and relationships in your work life is important. Work can feel so much easier with the knowledge you have a friend to turn to who understands the workplace. During your lunch break this Blue Monday, maybe try and spark up a conversation with another staff member, rather than looking at your mobile phone or reading. You might be surprised who you click with!
- Be kind to yourself – Even though our New Year’s resolutions may have gone out the window it’s never too late to make small changes in your life for self-improvement – one step at a time.
- Write a gratitude journal – Take 5 minutes out of your day to write 5 things you are currently grateful for, studies have traced a range of impressive benefits to the simple act of writing down the things for which we’re grateful—benefits including better sleep, fewer symptoms of illness, and more happiness among adults and kids alike.
- Meet up with some friends – The pandemic and its restrictions has made it more difficult to meet up over Christmas and New Year however you can still connect. If Blue Monday has beaten you, give a friend or a family member who understands you a call. Hearing their voice and having a laugh with them might be all you need to get you back on track. You can call, FaceTime, or even write a letter or a card, and once it is safe to, meet up for some fresh air and a walk, time spent outside in nature can really help to lift your mood.
For more personal encouragement and support read Life & Business Coach – Eric Gilston’s 10 Top Tips For Staying Positive During Covid-19