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How To Beat The Winter Blues

You may have heard that today, Monday 15th January 2018, is Blue Monday. The idea is that today is the most depressing day of the year due to a combination of factors including poor weather, failing at New Year’s resolutions, and receiving your Christmas credit card bill.

The truth is that the whole idea of Blue Monday started off as a PR stunt from a travel company looking to sell more holidays to people who want something to look forward to as they travel to and from work each day in the dark.

January can be tough for a lot of people, as can winter in general. Whilst today is a great reminder to think about your mental health, at Instant eCare we know that it’s important to focus on this kind of thing every day of the year. Depression doesn’t just hit on one day a year, as sufferers know all too well.

If hearing about Blue Monday has inspired you to think more about your mental health, we have five self-care tips that you might like to try.

1. Take part in Brew Monday

A great way to start thinking about your mental health is by taking part in the Samaritans’ Brew Monday campaign. The Samaritans want to encourage people to get together and have a chat over a cuppa. According to their findings, 9 out of 10 people believe that meeting up for a hot drink is the ideal way to reach out to someone who may be lonely and 8 out of 10 people believe that this makes them feel better.

So whether you’re the one who thinks they might feel better after a chat with a friend or loved one or you think someone you know could benefit from your undivided attention over a cuppa, consider reaching out to someone you know.

2. Make sure you get enough sleep (but not too much)

Getting the right amount of sleep is important for keeping your energy levels up and improving your mood. Getting too much sleep can be as bad as not getting enough sleep, so try not to sleep for too long.

3. Try to keep active

Whilst exercise can be a struggle if you are feeling low on energy or motivation, being active can really boost your mood. This is especially true of exercising outside. Even going for a short walk outside can make a huge difference.

4. Make a list of what makes you happy

Make a list of people, places and activities that make you happy. This could be a favourite hobby, a friend who always makes you smile, or places you love to go. Try to treat yourself by incorporating at least one of the things from your list into each day to give you something to look forward to.  

5. Don’t be hard on yourself

This can sometimes be easier said than done, but try to be kind to yourself. If you made New Year’s resolutions and you’ve slipped up, don’t beat yourself up about it. Try to treat yourself in the same way as you would treat a friend who happened to be in the same situation.

Take a look at the article on the Mind website for more self-care ideas to try and start prioritising your mental health today.

Mental Health Resources

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. We have a list of resources that may help if you feel like you need support.