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Blue Monday is Coming...
5 Tips to Tackle Blue Monday
We are swiftly approaching the most depressing day of the year: Blue Monday.
For many, this time of the year is extremely challenging.
I want to do everything that I can to make sure that we’re all staying safe this time of year.
So here are 5 actionable tips to beat Blue Monday.
🤜🤛 You Don’t Have to Do It Alone
You are not designed to be on your own.
There is strength in numbers, and to get through Blue Monday, you might need all the strength you can get.
Even though I recognise there’s value in time in isolation, when you’re experiencing January blues, it is important to draw close with your family and friends.
“You’d be surprised how quickly the mind goes soggy in the absence of other people. One person alone is not a full person: we exist in relation to others.”
- Margaret Atwood
If you don’t know where to start with valuing community this season, here are 5 ideas to get you going:
Pencil in a dinner date with friends
Ask an old mentor to join you for a drink
Find yourself a running buddy
Join that book club you keep hearing about
Consider visiting your local retirement home
Protect yourself and surround yourself with a supportive community.
Don’t do it alone.
🥾 Get Outside
There are many benefits to getting outside. Lifting your mood is one of them.
Don’t just take my word for it!
UK charity Mind found that time in nature can do wonderful things for your mental health.
To hear how nature benefits your mood and a list of activities that you may want to consider, check out their website here.
📓 Pen + Paper = Peace
Michael talking about journaling again?!
Yep! But there’s good reason for it.
When things feel dark or overwhelming, journaling can help you get perspective.
It’s one of the reasons that my mental health is still manageable a decade after I was initially diagnosed with depression.
Journaling helps me to experience mental clarity.
If you find yourself wrestling with negative self-talk this Blue Monday, write it out.
I’ll often find that once I see those insults that I’ve directed at myself written out in-front of me, I realise just how untrue they are.
Writing things out helps me to get a truer perspective on my situation, and it’s often far better than I was making it out to be.
Don’t believe me?
Try it for yourself!
This tip is not just for Blue Monday, but for life.
The practice of gratitude will make you more content with your life.
There are a number of practices that you can implement to practice gratitude daily.
Take a look at this Harvard Health article if you need some ideas.
One of my favourites is the Gratitude Jar.
It’s simple: each day, scribble something that you’re grateful for.
Eventually, you’ll have a jar full of things that you’re thankful for!
And then when you’re feeling down, open the jar and read through them.
It can help you to see the beauty in your life when everything feels hard and ugly.
🛁 Treat Yo’self
Let’s finish on a fun one.
There are times to treat yourself and Blue Monday is one of them.
Whilst being financially responsible, what are the ways in which you can treat yourself this Blue Monday?
Here’s a few ideas you could consider:
Eat some fancy food
Listen to some of your favourite tunes
Play that computer game you enjoy
Or why not do all of the tips at once?!
Go for a walk, take a friend with you, find a bench to sit and journal 10 things that you’re grateful for.
And on the way back, treat yourself to a hot chocolate to warm you up!
Whatever you end up doing this Blue Monday, make sure that you take care of yourself.
I’ll catch you next week!
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