Blue Monday rolls around every year on the third Monday in January. This year it’s on January 17th and for the last 2 years the term Blue Monday has risen to new heights or is that fallen to gloomy lows?
Instead of focusing on the negative, there is a growing campaign to use Blue Monday as a day to take small steps towards bigger year-long goals.
Here are 5 ideas that can start small but lead to big changes over 2022:
Get Healthy - This doesn’t have to mean signing up to a marathon or setting weight loss targets. Start with having a glass of water with every meal or eating one more piece of fruit a day. You can add more goals as these become routine.
Be money-wise - With living costs rising, take the time to look at where you could save money. Money saving apps are one great way to build a savings pot. Using clever technology they work out what you can afford to save and then automatically move it from a bank account to a virtual savings account. Use Blue Monday to research the best options for you.
Put down your tech - We all know that tech helps our daily lives but sometimes it starts to take over. Hours spent mindlessly scrolling through social media will affect your mental health in the long term. Start by tracking your smartphone usage and then work on restricting yourself from excessive use. Use techtimeout’s sleeping pouch to give you the motivation to do something offline.
Learn something new - New hobbies will not only keep your brain active but can also be a way to make new friends. Learning a new language could lead to a trip abroad for instance but learning some new dance moves could lead to a whole new night life. Baking, jewellery design and woodworking can all make a real difference to your life.
Spend more time outside - Nature is so important to our psychological and emotional health that it’s almost impossible to realise good mental health without a greater connection to the natural world. It’s also completely free and unconnected, which makes a hat-trick for tips 1, 2 and 3!
Blue Monday opportunities for businesses
If you’re a business owner or HR director Blue Monday is an opportunity to challenge growing issues around employee engagement, motivation and mental health. It’s an easy way to start a conversation around how employees are feeling and if they’re getting the support they need. Now more than ever before, employers need to address mental health and well-being in the workplace. If you are looking for workplace mental health training and support read our blog “Mental Health First Aiders - Does your company need one now?”
One final idea
Finally, the Samaritans is holding its annual BrewMonday to encourage everyone to reach out and connect with family, friends, colleagues and loved ones. To get involved and come together for a cuppa, a chat and to banish the winter blues visit https://www.samaritans.org/support-us/campaign/brew-monday/