How To Beat Blue Monday

Posted on: 08 January 2009 by Gareth Hargreaves

Feeling blue? Unmotivated? Sad? Then you won’t be looking forward to Blue Monday.

According to happiness and motivational expert Cliff Arnall, it’s when foul weather, debt, fading Christmas memories, failed resolutions and lack of motivation all conspire to depress.

Anyone feeling low is challenged to Beat Blue Monday and overcome winter blues by following ten top tips.

One of the key ways to Beat Blue Monday involves getting in touch with friends and relatives and inviting them to spend a little quality time together.

The 10 Top Tips

  1. Try Something New - Take your mind off your troubles by immersing yourself in something completely new. Be creative, or learn something new to get your brain active and start thinking of new things instead of dwelling on the old.
  2. Get Physical – By changing your physical state, from a simple shoulder-shake at your desk to a full work-out at the gym, you can change the way you feel.
  3. Contact A Friend Or Relative – Get in touch with someone you have not heard from in a while; thinking of someone else takes your mind off you.
  4. Take A Break – Take an opportunity to get away from it all. Go somewhere different, whether it’s a coffee bar you have never been into, or a faraway luxury holiday; by changing your physical location, you change your perspective on the world.
  5. Be Nice To A Stranger – Rub shoulders with the locals and catch up on gossip. Do a random act of kindness; doing good for others is the best form of self-satisfaction.
  6. Help The Planet – Reduce your carbon footprint. Be a good ancestor in some way; the planet will be here long after you are gone.
  7. Pamper Yourself – For a truly uplifting break you need to stimulate all the senses.
  8. Plan Something New – Whether it’s planning a holiday for later in the year or deciding what to do at the weekend, looking forward to something new or different can be uplifting and refreshing.
  9. Go To The Beach – By turning a bit of your home or office into a beach you can pretend you're somewhere relaxing and help create world’s biggest beach party!
  10. Share Your Thoughts – A problem shared is a problem halved. Visit the Blue Monday blog to see what ideas people have come up with for dealing with life’s little problems.

Web Links

Beat Blue Monday - One in five people in the UK experience depression and are not able to easily shrug off their problems.

'Blue Monday' is a chance for many people to overcome the more immediate side of life's downs, and use the opportunity to reflect on what makes us depressed, and what can be done to help and overcome the issues surrounding depression.

How are you beating Blue Monday? Do you have any tips or suggestions to pass on?

If so, let us know by leaving a comment in the box below or share your thoughts with other readers in the 50connect forums.

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