Blue Monday is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year, although there is no actual science behind it. The term "Blue Monday" was actually coined by a British Travel Company Sky Travel to sell more winter holidays back in 2005.
With that in mind, for some people, January is actually a pretty bad month. The weather is abysmal with long, dark days, everyone is broke after Xmas, and not forgetting we're still in the midst of a global pandemic.
If your job has paid you early to make sure that you have money for Xmas you'll be in the midst of a six week month having to make that same money stretch an extra two weeks.
So how can we battle these winter blues?
First off, don't buy into the hype. If you decide that it's going to be a bad day because Sky Travel told you so in 2005 and Karen in Accounts keeps reminding you "oooh aye up it's Blue Monday next week." of course it will be.
If you go into it believing that it will be a good day, you might notice the high points more...
Don't let "Blue Monday" hold you hostage.
Here are a few ideas to keep you feeling positive.
Get outside. It may be dark when you leave for work and dark when you're coming home but capitalise on your breaks. Spending at least 10 minutes out in the natural light will do you a world of good as it boosts your bodies production of mood hormones.
Get moving. You could pair this with number one on this list. Walk, jog, swim or cycle all of these activities will boost endorphins, making you feel happier and calmer.
Smile. Back to those endorphins, get the gist of the list yet? Smiling is proven to boost endorphin production, lower blood pressure and its also infectious. Crack a smile and help boost your co-worker's moods as well.
Be nice. Yes, that's right, actually be nice to people (you can do it), giving to charity or offering someone a compliment won't only boost their mood but there is research that shows that altruistic behaviour can promote a sense of wellbeing and happiness within your self. So share the love.
Grab a brew and talk it out. If you're feeling depressed, it's ok to talk and that's what The Samaritans "Brew Monday" is all about. You can find out more about it by clicking here.
No matter how you decide to spend today, remember that if it gets a little bit much, there are always people there to talk too. Never suffer in silence.
If you need to reach out, whatever you're going through, you can call The Samaritans any time, from any phone for FREE. Just dial 116 123