Blue Monday Doesn’t Have to be so Blue!
Today, 18th January 2021, is known as Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year (supposedly anyway). The combination of Christmas blues, getting back into the swing of our working lives, our Christmas bills are starting to hit home and not to mention that we’re in a national lockdown (again) – makes it understandable where this day got its name from. But it doesn’t have to be so bad.
Yes, Blue Monday has been described as the most depressing day of the year but it’s up to you whether you want to buy into this. Times are tough for everyone and it’s important that we all stand together (not literally as this isn’t quite social distancing) and support each other as much as possible. Mental health is an issue faced by so many, especially today – so be that helping hand and person to talk to.
How will I know if I’m experiencing mental health issues?
Here are some signs to look for if you aren’t sure if you’re struggling or not:
- Experiencing low moods regularly;
- Have a sense of stress and anxiety or,
- Are struggling with your emotions.
- Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate.
- Extreme mood changes of highs and lows.
- Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt.
If any of these occur with you, it’s worth talking to a friend or reaching out to have a conversation with someone for a bit of help – that’s what friends are for! Everyone goes through some sort of mental health blimp at some point, so you’re not alone!
Here are some additional services to reach out to if you’re seeking help:
Tips to Stay Mentally Healthy
Avoiding mental health problems can be difficult at a time like this but there are things you can put in place to minimise the chances. Keep reading to find out how you can keep your mind as healthy as possible!
Did you know that exercising is a key part of not only being physically healthy but also mentally?
Well, it’s true. Keeping active helps to improve your mood and makes you feel better about yourself. Even if that’s a 10-minute run every day before work. It’s guaranteed to improve your mental well being. We know it’s difficult with it being so cold outside and it getting late afternoon – even a bit of fresh air every day will go a long way in helping you out.
Finding a Balance
If you feel like you’ve got a lot on your plate at the moment, it’s probably because you do, and it’s easy to begin to feel overwhelmed if you don’t stay on top of everything. It’s important to plan and manage your time well so that you can avoid having unwanted stress with everything going on.
Remember, don’t be too hard on yourself because nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes! Give yourself short-term goals, this will help to keep you focused, and once you’ve smashed it – we can guarantee you’ll feel good! Even if that’s making your bed in the morning, it’s the first thing to tick off the list at the beginning of the day and means you’re off to a good start to your day.
Do a Random Act of Kindness
An act of kindness can go a long way. No matter how large or small the gesture is, putting a smile on someones is invaluable. What better way to help someone out and make their day by using SKOOT Errands – the perfect tool to become your local good samaritan during the lockdown. All you have to do is download SKOOT, register your account, tell all your friends about it and then you can start to offer out your help, or ask for it if necessary! If you want to find out more about Errands, read the blog here.
For us at SKOOT, we’re all about community and helping out – not just today but the other 364 too. So if you ever want to get in touch about anything, please don’t hesitate, we’re all ears. And trust me, our main man Vinnie (head of customer interactions) is a great listener and gives out some solid advice.
All in all, we hope you are staying positive in these difficult times and into the rest of 2021! If this blog has been useful and helpful to you in any way shape or form, let us know using the form below! We’d love to hear your thoughts.