For some, today is the day where the post-Christmas buzz wears off.
That’s because today is BLUE MONDAY - the name given to the what some describe as the most depressing day of the year.
Here are our top five tips to beating Blue Monday (and any other time when you’re feeling down).
1 – A little exercise goes a long way
Staying active can sometimes be a challenge, particularly during the winter months. Nevertheless, do try to include even a light element of exercise within your day, as exercise is an extremely effective way to improve our mental health. Exercising outdoors is particularly good for your well-being, and you can even get active from the comfort of your living room with these workouts
2 – Speaking to friends and family
Whatever you have going on in your life, always remember that you are not alone. It can be tempting to shut yourself off from those around you and keep your feelings bottled up. Opening up and talking about how you feel, with those you are closest to, can make a real difference to how you are feeling.
3 – Mindfulness
More people are enjoying the benefits of mindfulness. A simple 10-minute session can have a huge impact on your overall mood. For those looking for a bit of support with their mindfulness efforts, the NHS has some useful techniques and advice that you can follow..
4 – Distraction
Sometimes the best thing to do is try and take your mind off how you are feeling. Of course, this can often easier said than done. Think about what makes your smile, relax and allows you to switch off. As each of us are so different, there is no right way to do this. It could be watching your favourite film, taking up a new hobby or heading out for walk.
5 – Contact us
Whether your mental health is suffering, or if you’re finances are getting on top of you, we can help.
Our dedicated Support and Wellbeing & Money Matters teams are on hand to help you every step of the way. The amount of support you receive and the length of time you receive it will depend entirely on your situation and what help you need.
Our Work and Enterprise Team can also help you if you are looking to get back into work, training of education.