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Tips to beat Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year

by Sellick Partnership | 18 January 2021

Are you feeling the Monday Blues? Does January seem to be going on forever? You might be feeling the effects of Blue Monday. Here are our top tips to banish those blues, and keep you motivated today and everyday throughout the year.

Penned as the most depressing day of the year, Blue Monday is the name given to the third Monday in January and is widely recognised as a day where people feel demotivated and in need of cheering up. A combination of bad weather, new year diets, failed resolutions, financial struggles and the distant memory of Christmas, makes January a hard month to get through for many people, especially in these tough times we are now facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although there is no evidence to suggest that the effects of Blue Monday are real, we know how hard it can be to get back into the swing of things after the Christmas and New Year break. As a result, we have put together some tips for surviving Blue Monday and staying motivated throughout 2021.

Make sure you have something to look forward to 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it is difficult to plan any holidays at the moment, something that many of us look forward to throughout the year. However, it is still as important as ever to have something to work towards in the future. This could be anything such a new work venture, a health goal, a personal milestone or even conquering 'Dry January'. Having a goal or something to get excited about is hugely important for staying motivated in Janaury and during these difficult times.

Take some time away from social media 

We have become a society that is totally reliant on technology, which has its benefits, but it also has a big impact on the way we interact with each other and feel overall. The average person spends three hours per day on social media which is a huge chunk of your day. Try and take some time away from a computer or phone if you feel down or de-motivated. We need to do more to stimulate our brains – especially around Blue Monday – to stay motivated all year round. Think about reducing the time you spend on your phone and spend time doing other things like reading a book, going for a walk, learning a new skill or speaking with friends and family.

Get out in the fresh air

The lack of light and bad weather during winter can often put people off going outside in January, but this can be part of the reason people get so de-motivated. Try and get at least a few minutes outside per day, as long as you follow the current guidelines. At Sellick Partnership, we encourage people to go for walks on their lunch to get out of the house and away from computers to make the most of the limited sunlight. We need exercise and fresh air to stay feeling happy, refreshed and energised. Without it, people can become agitated and restless. Even if it is just for a short walk at lunch or after work, get out for some air and to stretch your legs; it’s the combination of light, fresh air and movement that can make all the difference.

Get yourself organised 

A messy desk, or an unorganised diary can add to feelings of stress and anxiety, so this January think about spending a few hours getting everything ready for the weeks and months ahead. Try looking through your diary from the previous year to see if you can find any opportunities and tasks you may need to revisit. It can be a hugely cathartic process and help give you the motivation you need to be successful in the coming year.

Also think about throwing away anything you do not need, set yourself a key list of priorities and block out some time in your diary where you can relax, recharge and de-stress. That way you will not burn out, and you will be able to stay on top of your game all year.

If you have any additional motivational tips you would like us to share, get in touch with us via email, or let us know on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn today.