As if January isn’t bad enough, today has been marked one of bleakest days of the year – the dreaded Blue Monday! With daylight hours still short, consistently bad weather along with the hangover of Christmas – financially and emotionally, still looming over all of us, it’s easy to see why the third Monday of the year is linked with lots of people feeling low. So, what can be done to battle the Blue Monday fears?
- Get Organised
Try and reduce stress by thinking about which situations occur regularly and cause you the most stress.
- Declutter the office and your desk space.
- Make lists so you have everything in order and you can get the most important tasks completed firstly.
- Client meetings? Plan the journey and allow extra time if it is not a journey you do every day. Look up alternative routes to have other options and make sure you have the clients contact details with you, just in case.
- Go out for Lunch
Beat Blue Monday by organising a work lunch with your fellow co-workers. This is a great way to catch up outside of the office. A change of scene is always good so picking a new cafe/restaurant or somewhere you don't regularly go would be a nice treat for during the week.
- Exercise and Fuel your Body
Regular exercise is important for our physical and mental health. It helps boost your energy levels and immune system. Fit in a walk on your break. If it is too cold to exercise outside, attend a gym class or go swimming. With flexible working, you could go to the gym before work or during your break.
Food choices can have a huge impact on how you feel during the day. Eating healthy should be something we all do on a regular basis and just a once off to help beat blue Monday or the January blues.
- Bring your own lunch and snacks to work. This will eliminate the temptation to buy sugary and fast foods.
- Try and prepare lunches/dinners in advance and freeze them so it saves time and eliminates doing it after a long day at work.
- Reduce your intake of foods that can adversely affect your mood, such as caffeine, alcohol and trans fats.
- Eat more Omega-3 fatty acids to give your mood a boost. The best sources are fatty fish (salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, and sardines), flaxseed and walnuts.
- Be Positive!
If you are really feeling Blue Monday, try and stay positive and make plans after work.
- Use flexible working and get the most out of your evening
- Go to the cinema
- Meet friends or family for dinner
- Cook a new recipe
- Book a weekend getaway or summer holidays
- Go for a walk
- Grab a coffee & get lost in a new book
- Catch up with an old friend
Not only can we benefit your company but we can benefit your employees too. Take Flexible Working, it can lead to a healthy work-life balance along with improved job satisfaction, increased energy, better staff morale and reduced levels of stress. Having the right work-life balance is increasingly important with more and more people finding that their working day is getting longer as businesses struggle to keep up with the demand for 24 hour services.
Take on the January Blues and Blue Monday by making sure to be organised, positive and healthy. Make 2017 a year to celebrate your many triumphs!