Jan 17, 2024 | Mental Health

The Blues Aren’t Just for Mondays

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Were you feeling down on Monday? If so, you likely aren’t alone. January 15 (or the third Monday in January) has been coined as Blue Monday and is often considered the saddest day of the year. However, feelings of sadness don’t discriminate. During the winter months, daylight is short lived, nights are long and cold, the holidays have come and gone, and many people are left feeling all kinds of emotions. So, whether you experienced the blues on Monday, or any other day before and after, we thought we would offer some ways to help your mental health. 

Reject resolutions 

In case you missed our previous blog regarding our encouragement to ditch New Years resolutions, we have you covered. Rather than setting resolutions, which often lead people feeling worse, consider setting realistic goals for yourself this year. Whether it be a long-term goal, or short term one, allowing yourself the freedom to be adaptable and kind along the way is key to helping your mental health. We understand that is also hard not to compare your journey to others. However, center your focus on what you wish to accomplish, and do your best not to worry about what everyone around you is doing. 

Honour your boundaries 

Boundaries are incredibly important to maintain your mental health. Therefore, recognize when you are taking on too much, and say no to commitments that you know will be overwhelming. Be open and honest with people and understand that you have control over doing the things that fill your cup, and avoiding those that don’t. The more vocal you are about your boundaries, the easier it will become. Setting health boundaries in your relationships, both personally and professionally is an excellent way to protect your mental health and prioritize your overall well-being. 

Be kind to yourself 

With a new year upon us, there is often a pressure that we put on ourselves to do more or feel like we aren’t being as productive as others. However, it is key to recognize what you need, and look for ways to practice self-care. When we are pulled in various directions, our well-being often suffers. Ensure you are setting aside time for yourself to do activities that help you feel relaxed and bring you joy. There are no rules when it comes to self-care. So, whether you enjoy exercise, or quietly completing a puzzle in the evening, find time to participate in activities that sustain your mental health.   

There’s an app for that 

Apps can certainly help improve mental health issues and provide support while being available at our fingertips. Whether you are looking to improve your sleep, understand your mood better, or finesse your deep breathing exercises, technology can certainly play a significant role. However, it is important to note that apps don’t replace the role of mental health professionals.  

While feelings of sadness, or anxiety, are common during this time of the year, if you are experiencing overwhelming feelings, and aren’t sure what to do, seek out support or resources to help. Speaking to a trusted friend, family member, or medical professional is a great first step in improving your mental health and beating the blues.   

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