Blue Monday: Beat the blues on the most depressing day of the year.

As if every day isn’t enough of a struggle at the moment, today is officially the most depressing day of the year.

The third Monday of January is known as “Blue Monday” for a number of reasons:

Christmas is but a distant memory! In the normal world most of us would have had two weeks of eating, drinking and being merry with friends and family, but obviously this year was very different. Even more reason for this to be one of the contributing factors to blue Monday!

Pay day seems like a million years away! If you’re paid at the end of every month and had an early pre-Christmas instalment around 21st December, that’s a long time to wait for the next payday, especially with the expense of Christmas.

Of course this year we also have the added stress of a global pandemic and a national lockdown to boot! Blue Monday really is gearing up to be the biggest yet, which is especially bad news given the impact that the virus has had on our mental health.

So here’s our 5 top tips to help you stay positive today despite the obvious challenges:

1 – Firstly … and this goes without saying (we are British after all) … Stick the kettle on. We all know the magical healing qualities of a cup of tea, or coffee, or hot chocolate. There is something very comforting about a warm drink on a cold day, especially if it’s accompanied by biscuits!

2 – Get out and clear your head whilst stretching your legs! Whether you are at work or at home, make time to get out and enjoy some fresh air. Just make sure you take a brolly because according to the weather forecast we’re due a downpour of epic proportions over the next two days!

3 – Listen to some great music or an interesting podcast – Music is a welcome distraction that will help to keep the mind from wandering and overthinking. It can really help to lift your mood and most music streaming services have readymade play lists of “happy” or “mood boosting” music, although some of the choices are questionable depending on your taste J

4 – Hold a virtual catch up. One of the positives that have come out of the whole Global pandemic is we are all that little bit more tech savvy, it’s made the world seem a little smaller for those in isolation to keep in contact with friends and family during the most trying times

5 – Talk to us! If you are feeling down today, like the research suggests a lot of people will be, feel free to drop us a DM on our social channels. We are not mental health experts but we do love a chat! You might even get a joke out of us.

We are living through the most unprecedented times, and many of us will be feeling things that are completely new to us, you do not have to suffer in silence or alone.

Anyone can contact Samaritans free any time from any phone on 116 123, even on a mobile without credit.

 Visit www.samaritans.org for more information.

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