How to deal with the mother of all Blue Mondays

This blog shares a five point plan for taking control and planning ahead, and not letting Blue Monday get you down. 

Every year since 2005, when someone worked out a formula for calculating the most depressing day of the year, the third Monday in January is styled Blue Monday. A day when people are cold and in need of some sun, worrying about paying off their Christmas debt, feeling a bit bloated through over-indulgence, on a downer after the highs of the festive season, decorations packed away, facing the prospect of ‘what next?’.

The events of 2020 will unfortunately exacerbate the effects of Blue Monday in 2021 - if you let them. Now’s the time to take control and plan ahead. You don’t have to let it get you down. Here’s how:

  1. Set yourself up to succeed: Plan to complete an activity you’ll a) enjoy b) can do well c) will give you a feel-good factor. Cook a (healthy) meal from scratch, finish that job that’s been on your list for ages, or take some time out to finish something at home. Do the planning and tricky/unenjoyable bits beforehand and then complete on the day.
  2. Do stuff you enjoy: This might be a leisure activity, exercise, getting out into nature, doing a particularly enjoyable aspect of your job, spending time with someone whose company you enjoy or just sitting quietly having some ‘you time’ – plan now and enjoy it on the day.
  3. Help others: Supportive behaviour has a positive effect on personal wellbeing so pay someone a compliment, offer your help, carry out a random act of kindness, smile more.
  4. Count your blessings: Writing a list of all the positive aspects of your life will lift your mood. Think about how you can build on these in 2021. However, if you’re experiencing real difficulties with this then please talk to someone.
  5. Make a new start: Change your environment, set some goals for 2021, make a life change, declutter your home/workspace/life.

Bonus: Reread our 12 Legal Highs blog and do at least one of them – they’re not just for Christmas!