Blue Monday, the third Monday of January, is the so-called most depressing day of the year. It’s cold and dark, the credit card bill of Christmas is due, and we feel guilty for abandoning our New Year’s resolutions already. And it’s Monday.
According to the University of Exeter, Blue Monday has been behind as much as £93 billion in lost productivity. It might be worth getting ahead of the curve, and writing up a quick to do list to help stay focused. There are plenty of online tools which can help track tasks and productivity, and break them down into manageable sections. It will maybe ease some of the blind panic that comes with the pressure to perform when not at your best.
It’s not just for employers to support their employees. Self Employed Workers, also have a responsibility to look after themselves! Freelancers contractors, sole traders, directors – though if you’re the one running the show, try not to put yourself under pressure to be a hero.
If you work alone you might feel particularly isolated, and your thoughts may become more difficult to ignore without any outside context. Co-working spaces, or even popping out for a coffee, can ease some of the pressure. Check out our Co-Working Solutions here
Tips from Jaccountancy to FEEL BETTER through BLUE MONDAY
It is vital that we “futureproof” our mental health. Here are our top tips for those who are feeling the effects of Blue Monday
- “Start a gratitude journal – write down a few things each night you’re grateful for that day.”
- “Arrange a walk, dinner or phone chat with friends or family – being with other people is important for wellbeing.”
- “Challenge negative thoughts by asking yourself “is this a helpful way for me to think?”, “how do I know for sure that this thought is true?” or “what advice would I give to a friend in this situation?”.”
- “Set aside just 5 minutes in your working day for a healthy activity to boost motivation. You’ll feel more focused afterwards.”
- “Practise breathing techniques to calm your mind and improve your mood. Breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 2 seconds, breathe out for 5 seconds, and repeat. Notice how your body feels and the motion of your breathing.”
- Join Jaccoutnancy as a client to alleviate the stress from doing your own accounts and taxes 😎