Five practical tips to help you through Blue Monday
1. Share the burden
January. Regardless of what it may feel like, sharing the burden doesn’t turn you into one.
It might be that someone can’t truly understand how it feels to be you, but they may be able to show you empathy and support. They can stand alongside you, so you’re not alone in it. You can speak to a professional or someone in your life who has been historically kind and supportive.
2. Mix up your routine
Monotony can sometimes leave us feeling sluggish, so we suggest mixing up your routine in a small way.
Whether it’s listening to an uplifting podcast, exploring a new area or joining a new exercise class with a friend, mixing up your routine can feel energising.
3. Write a list of 10 things you’re grateful for
While gratitude can’t fix everything, it can help us draw attention to the good things.
Whether it’s a friend or family member, a special memory or a family pet that you are grateful for, see what happens to your mood as you jot things down.
4. Tick something off your to-do list
When we’re feeling blue, we may feel drained of energy and motivation. Ticking off items from our to-do list is one way round this as we get a kick and a boost out of feeling accomplished.
Choose one small thing on your to-do list, such as sorting out that overflowing cupboard. Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that will follow and let it spur you on to the next thing.
5. Do a good deed
We can get a lovely hit of mood-boosting dopamine when we help others.
Why not see how you can share a skill or an hour to help someone around you? Their gratitude will make you feel appreciated and helpful, which can feel really good when we feel a bit low and stuck.