As we hit the third Monday in January dubbed the “most depressing” day of the year, like other mental health charities, we understand all too well that any day can be a challenge for those of us struggling with our mental health.
However after the busyness and distractions of the festive season and the Christmas lights are packed away, it is no surprise that many of us struggle through the darker winter months. Here are are some ways to get you through your Monday.
Soak up some sun to boost your wellbeing
As we hit mid-January, the shorter days mean we haven’t seen the sun in a while. Lack of natural sunlight not only affects our mood, but also limits the amount of vitamin D our body produces. Aim to get outside as much as possible to boost endorphin levels and increase alertness.
Exercise is a great way to release happy endorphins and chemicals. You don’t need to go to a gym, there are many ways you can increase your physical activity, whether it’s going out for a walk, run, cycle, swim or join a yoga class.
A Small Act of Kindness
Brighten up someone’s day with a small act of kindness. Visit an elderly friend or relative, or pick up the phone and have a chat to someone you haven’t spoken to for a while and make their day.
Be Kind to yourself
Listen to your emotions. If you’re suffering from anxiety, depression or emotional distress, talking to a professional counsellor can help.
Call and make an appointment to talk to someone 01727 868585.