Every year, the third Monday of January is dubbed “Blue Monday” because it is claimed to be the “most depressing” day of the year.

The Blue Monday concept surfaced in 2005 during a press release from British travel company, Sky Travel, during a PR stunt. Citing psychologist Dr. Cliff Arnall, a formula pointing to the third Monday in January described the day as being the gloomiest of the year.

We want everyone to rethink Blue Monday, as it represents a chance to break down stigma and raise awareness, especially around prevention – because any day of the year can be a challenge for people living with mental illness.

Around the world, one in four people will have some kind of mental illness during their lifetime. It is estimated that around 676 million people are affected by mental health issues worldwide right now, making it one of the biggest health issues in the world.

‘Blue Monday’ in reality is just like any other with its own set of good and bad occurrences. It is, however, important to look after your mental health every day and find small ways to bring more wellbeing and self-care into your routine which can be done in a variety of ways that we have listed below. 

Taking some time out to look after yourself and invest in your own personal wellbeing is so important to having a positive mental health. 

1. Try and move a little every day

Being active may reduce stress, increase your energy levels, make you more alert and even improveyour sleep.

2. Try a relaxation technique

Relaxing and focusing on your breathing can help your body feel less tense and your mind feel calmer.

3. Connect with others

Find time to keep in touch with co-workers, friends, family, and others to help you (and them) feel more connected.

4. Take time to reflect and practice self-compassion

Make time to reflect on the positive aspects of your day, celebrate and enjoy the small things.

5. Improve your sleep

Aim to go to bed and get up at the same time each day in order to maintain a routine. Also, try to get some natural sunlight by opening curtains and windows.

6. Pay attention to the present moment

Try a breathing exercise to be more present and aware to your surroundings. The NHS website has some breathing exercises you can try. Visit: https://bit.ly/3uOBev3

7. Learn a new skill

Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by boosting your self-confidence and raising your own self esteem.

It’s important to remember that Blue Monday is just one day, and it’s not an accurate reflection of your overall mental health. If you’re feeling down, it’s okay to take some time to focus on self-care and seek support when you need it. With the right mindset and a little bit of effort, you can get through even the most challenging of days.

For more help and support, visit our website at: www.kellysheroes.org.uk