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Beating "Blue Monday", the most depressing day of the year

Wellness Watch 15/01/24 Yanique Barnett-Brown

The third Monday of January has been awarded the gloomy title due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the return back to work.

Today is known as "Blue Monday", with some people saying it's the saddest day of the year. Several factors, such as the post-Christmas blues, the return to work, and the arrival of holiday season credit card bills, can contribute to a feeling of being overwhelmed.

How can you tell if something is wrong and what can you do to manage it? Read our blog on for insight on how to manage your mental health.

Most of us will go through tough times when we might experience stress, anxiety, or low mood. Regardless of whether you agree with the idea that Blue Monday is the most depressing day of the year, it's important to take care of your mental health just as you would on any other day.

Recognising the signs that something isn't right is essential

Everyone is different, but if you start feeling a sense of depression, anxiety, or trouble dealing with your emotions, it may be helpful to explore ways to look after your mental health. If you find that your mental health affects your daily life, don't be afraid to seek help. It's important to talk to your doctor to get the right kind of support

There are some ways to manage your mental health, such prioritising sleep, setting goals, and asking for help. Additionally, when it comes to dealing with mental health issues, it's important to talk to your doctor. You may find it helpful to keep track of your moods with a diary.

Indulge in some Self-Care

Self-care is an important part of beating Blue Monday. It's important to take some time for yourself and do something that makes you feel good. Getting some exercise, indulging in a spa day or spend some time in nature will help relax your body and mind, and give you a sense of calm. Take a break. Make sure to take breaks throughout the day to recharge and relax. Read a book, watch a movie, or listen to music.

Connect with Others

Connection is an important part of beating Blue Monday. Connecting with other people can help you feel supported and less alone. Reach out to friends and family. Talk to someone you trust about how you're feeling. It can help to get things off your chest and get some support.

Finally, remember to be kind to yourself and don't let Blue Monday define your mental health - it's important to look after your mental health all year long.

Mental Health UK is available to offer support to those affected by poor mental health.

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