At TBSC, we are advocates for positive mental health in the workplace. In this blog we wanted to shine light on Blue Monday and offer suggestions on how to combat the blues.
Blue Monday, the third Monday in January, is often referred to as the “most depressing day of the year.” The combination of post-holiday blues, cold weather, and a return to work can make this time of year difficult for many people.
If you’re struggling with your mental health on Blue Monday (or any day), there are strategies you can use to help cope. Here are a few ideas:
- Take breaks and prioritize self-care: Make sure to take breaks throughout the day to rest and recharge. This could be as simple as going for a walk outside or taking a few minutes to meditate. Remember to also prioritize self-care activities like exercise, proper nutrition, and getting enough sleep.
- Connect with others: Spending time with loved ones or participating in activities that bring you joy can help boost your mood. If you’re working from home, consider scheduling virtual hangouts or coffee breaks with colleagues.
- Practice mindfulness: Paying attention to the present moment can help you feel more grounded and reduce stress. Try incorporating mindfulness activities like deep breathing, journaling, or yoga into your daily routine.
- Seek professional help: If you’re struggling to cope with your mental health, it’s important to seek help from a qualified mental health professional. They can provide you with the support and resources you need to manage your symptoms and improve your well-being.
Remember, it’s okay to not feel okay. By taking care of yourself and seeking support when needed, you can improve your mental health and well-being at work and beyond.