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How to overcome the Monday Blues

by | Jan 19, 2020 | Mental Health, Positivity

Blue Monday is considered the most depressing day of the year. This is based on a calculation on factors such as the weather, debt levels, time since Christmas and time since failing our New Year’s resolutions. But if I am being honest, it is not just Blue Monday, January is pretty much an awful month. Christmas is over, the New Year’s fun feels like forever ago and you don’t think that you would be able to eat another turkey sandwich again. Because all the above is not enough, the days are shorter, it gets dark quicker and it is getting colder. I am personally still struggling to get back into the routine I had before the holidays which is not helping with the January blues.

Most of us, when we make a New Year Resolution, focus on exercising more and eating healthier foods. While it is important to have a healthy body, it is also just as important to have a healthy mind. We need to look after our Mental Health as well.

Our mental health is also affected by our environment. Mental Health can affect anyone at any point of the year. Not just on one month or one day of the year. There are many things we can do to get over the Monday Blues. These points can also be used all year round.

1. Talk about how you feel

It is so important to talk about our feelings. Most of the time we do not want to talk about how we feel as we perceive it as being vulnerable. Sometimes just getting it off your chest can make a big difference. It helps to not feel alone and having someone to share that with. Most of the time when we keep our emotions bottled up they just pile up and will only make you feel worse in the long run. Also, when someone gives you a different perspective on a situation, it may help you see things differently.

2. Be active

Exercising on a regular basis releases endorphins, which helps boost happiness. Exercising helps boost your self-esteem and your concentration as well. It helps keep you brain and body healthy and has been shown to have a significant correlation to improving our mental health. Try to get outside more so you can get as much natural sunlight as possible. At work sitting by a window will also help you get natural sunlight.

3. Eat Healthier

Eating healthier helps in keeping us healthy and able to function. A healthy diet which is good for your physical health is also good for your mental health. As the saying goes, “Healthy body, healthy mind”. Try adding extra fruit and vegetables during the day.

4. Connect with others

Keeping in touch with others is important. Sometimes it is impossible to meet up with everyone on a regular basis. With technology nowadays, you can either call, message or video call, which makes keeping in touch so much easier. Try to put time aside to socialise with others. Spend time with those you care about as much as you can. Have fun and enjoy life!

5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

No one is perfect. It is okay to ask for help if you feel that you need it. Sometimes things can get too much and it can be very overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from those closest to you. If you feel that you are still overwhelmed, then it is okay to ask for professional help. My therapist helped me when I felt that I could no longer cope with everything going on.

6. Focus on yourself

When things get too much, take a break. Changing the scenery around you is very helpful. Remove yourself from the stressful situation and try to focus on something else for a few minutes. Focus on yourself. Do something that you enjoy, it will help you overcome the stress. If you do not have one, then I would suggest now is the perfect time to start a new self-care routine. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, as long as you put some time for yourself. Take up a new hobby or pick up an old hobby you haven’t done in a while.

7. Accept yourself

We all have different characteristics and different skills we are good at. Certain situations affect people differently due to their character and past experiences. You should embrace your uniqueness and accept yourself for who you are.

8. Make someone else happy

We are all fighting our own personal battles. We do not always know what someone is going through. It is important to support others when they need it, as you may be able to help them.

These are some of the things I have found that helped me personally. Let me know if you have found something else that works for you.

2 Comments

  1. Finding Your Spark

    What a great way to set the week! I especially liked point #6. It is so important to do more of the things you enjoy. It’s something I’m continually working on. Thanks for sharing! ✨

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    • Natalie Charloua

      Thank you so much for your kind words. It is so important to focus on yourself and your needs. Only then will you be able to help others. I hope you have a great week!

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