According to experts, the 21st January is Blue Monday – the day of the year we feel the most depressed. It’s been calculated based on how in debt we are, how long since Christmas, how far from our next pay day plus the weather conditions, and it is raining today after all! However, some might say by naming it as the most depressing day of the year we are creating a self-fulfilling prophecy, and we end up actually creating the dread and feeling of being low that the third Monday of January brings.
My mission today is to beat Blue Monday so here are 5 ideas to help you make your day at work a good day rather than a depressing day:
- Go and talk to someone at work – don’t send an email, get up and go and talk to someone instead. Human interaction makes us feel positive and can spark ideas, show empathy and simply connect. Plus if it’s a colleague you don’t know very well then even better as it gives you a chance to widen your network.
- Do a Good deed – research shows that doing something positive for someone else can make you feel really good. This could be doing something nice for a colleague, simply making them a cup of tea or, if you want to up the feel-good ante do something for someone you don’t know. Maybe buy a sandwich for someone who is living on the streets, smile at someone on the tube or invite a new neighbour for coffee.
- Take a lunch break – Today of all days you need to get out at lunchtime and have a walk. Being outside, even if it is raining, and being out in nature significantly increases our wellbeing.
- Book your summer holiday – or at least start planning for it. Having something to look forward to will definitely help you get through the day.
- Make a plan – if you feel like it’s Blue Monday at work every day, then take control and make a plan to find a new job or change career. Don’t let it wear you down – do something today!
Make sure you find something to make you feel positive today and help others to feel positive too. Just because today has a blue label doesn’t mean you have to conform!
We all know January 15th this year is earmarked as the most depressing day of the year, thanks to the weather, the distance from payday and the Christmas holidays, plus the general feeling of overindulgence after Christmas. But you don’t have be blue on Monday, you can buck the trend and turn it into a positive day instead!
How to motivate yourself
It’s also Martin Luther King Jr day today! Be inspired by the famous civil rights activist. Look up some of his quotes or find out a bit more about him.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
If you need more motivation, here are my top 10 inspirational career quotes.
- Write yourself a hope letter
If your resolutions for 2018 are looking a bit wobbly, try writing your self a hope letter instead. Focus on one area of your life where you would like to make a change and start writing a letter to yourself that answer the question ‘What do I hope to have accomplished a year from now?’. Be as detailed as you can about what you want to be different in a year’s time and how you accomplished it. Pop it in an envelope and ask a friend or family member to send it to you in a year’s time.
Go outside and get some fresh air – a change of scene will help your mood and make the day go quicker. Ask a friend to go with you or just enjoy some quiet time on your own.
- Choose to work on something you enjoy
If you can, plan in advance to work on an aspect of your work that you really enjoy. Schedule it in your diary so that you have some uninterrupted time to really focus on this piece of work. Knowing you’e going to spend the majority of the day doing something you enjoy will really motivate you.
Remember everyone will be suffering from Blue Monday blues so be the one who approaches it differently. Choose to be positive, make an effort to talk to your co-workers, and encourage others to follow your lead.
However, if you feel like everyday at work is Blue Monday, something needs to change. Get in touch for some help and support with finding a job you love.
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