Why is today called "Blue Monday", and what can you do to combat the blues?
For years and years, January has built a reputation for being one of the hardest months. “Blue Monday”, which is the third Monday of January is thought to be the most depressing day of the year.
It is thought that it is a time where people need a pick-me-up as the festive season is well and truly over, bills have arrived and there is still a couple of weeks until payday.
Other reasons may be that the weather is not great, and new year resolutions could already be a thing of the past.
Here at Harpers, we’ve thought of a few tips to keep positive!
Self-focus – take time to do the things that make you happy, whether it’s reading, playing an instrument, or even just relaxing by watching tv with a cup of tea!
Sleep well – sleep is a vital tool. Lack of sleep can cause a low mood and heightened anxiety ahead for the day. Without sleep, people find they struggle to think clearly. 8 hours is the recommended optimum sleep time, so make sure you hit the hay early!
Meditate – take some time out of your day to focus on you and your thoughts. Practice some breathing exercises, this will make you feel more relaxed.
Keep active – exercise promotes a healthy body and mind. Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression and negative moods by improving self-esteem and cognitive function.
Stay focused – stay focused on your goals and ambitions. Whether it be your personal goals or work goals.