Today is the most depressing day of the year. Fact. Well, kinda. The third Monday of January is seen to be the most depressing day on account of the weather, finances, distance from Christmas, motivation and stress levels, and the likelihood of people not keeping up with their resolutions. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find joy and ways to look after yourself. I’ve compiled some of my Self-Care Sunday posts to help you beat the Monday Blues. Whether you’ve got five minutes, five hours or a whole day to spare, hopefully there’s something here to raise a smile or two.
I’m not the most clutter-free person in the world but when I’ve got a lot on I need to start the day with a clear desk so I know where I’m at. Click here for tips on how you can organise your workspace for improved mental health.
Take a leaf out of Dory’s book and just keep swimming. ‘Any kind of physical activity can have a positive effect on mental health and wellbeing, but swimming is particularly effective. Swimming for just half an hour three times a week can lower stress levels, raise mood, lower incidences of depression and anxiety and improve sleep patterns.’ – swimming.org
Whether that’s deleting social media apps from your phone for the day or taking some time away from screens to just go for a walk and clear your mind, we could all do with avoiding the comparison trap and Judgey McJudgerson. It can also really help with the old work/life balance.
Instead of grabbing a takeaway coffee, sit for a while. Make sure you have a book or magazine on hand to avoid checking your emails or mindlessly scrolling through social media.
Settle down in your favourite armchair with a hot chocolate and a book. Take some time to just be.
It’s surprising how relaxing it can be to sit and colour. Not being distracted by noise and screens and having the time to just focus your thoughts is hugely beneficial.
If you’ve got the whole day free, treat yo’self and have a spa day. Let someone pamper you and go through the day at a much slower pace.
There’s joy to be found in even the shittiest of days. Take a minute at the end of the day to reflect on the things that made you smile. Or, if you keep a regular gratitude journal, start the day with a look back at some previous joyful moments.
Journalling is a fantastic act of mindfulness and self-care. There are some great journals available – or you can create your own.
Want to know more about self-care? Pick up a copy of The Self-Care Project. It’s educational, relatable and packed with activities to help you figure out what works for you, so that you can make it a regular part of your day-to-day life.
There are few things in the world that a cup of tea can’t fix – or it can at least make you feel better for a good few minutes.
Today thousands of people across the UK are getting together with friends, family or workmates for a cuppa and a catch up, and raise money to support Samaritans life-saving services.
If you’re struggling today, or any day, please talk to someone. Every six seconds someone contacts the Samaritans. You can reach them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 116 123 for free, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.