Tips for Getting Through Blue Monday
As the third Monday of the month rolls around, we face the dreaded Blue Monday blues. Said to be the most depressing day of the year, the affect of Blue Monday can be felt by people of every profession - but especially those working in the healthcare sector. Following straight on from the usual stress faced during the Christmas period, it's important for those working as nurses, pharmacists, or GPs to look after themselves and take care of their physical and mental health.
We've put together a short list of easy tips in order to do just that:
- Practicing self-care: This includes everything from eating well, to getting enough sleep, to engaging in physical activity when you can! Keeping your body in happy will make it easier to keep your brain happy.
- Connecting with others, whether it's family, friends, or colleagues: Be sure to reach out and interact with your social support networks - try to meet up after work and give your mind something else to think about!
- Managing stress through relaxation techniques: Why not try meditation or yoga? You don't need to be an expert, just pop on a YouTube tutorial and allow yourself relax.
- Setting realistic goals and learning to manage your time: This starts with planning your day and getting to work on time, knowing what tasks you need to carry out and allowing yourself to feel accomplished when you complete them!
- Get some fresh air: Be sure to get outside for at least a few minutes a day and do some deep breathing.
- Engaging in activities you enjoy and find fulfilling: Whether it's going for a walk early in the morning or watching a movie at the end of a long day, make time to do the things you enjoy most!
It is important to remember that mental health is a dynamic process that can change over time, and what works for one person may not work for another. It's important to find what works for you and make it a habit to take care of yourself!
Posted on 16 January 2023 by Hannah Phipps