Five Ideas for a Bright Blue Monday
Digital team's blog
On Monday we’re going to see a lot of misguided articles using a a giddy mixture of pseudoscience and PR to claim that ‘today is the day you shall be depressed’ – ‘Blue Monday’ is coming.
At some point it was decided that the third Monday of January was the most depressing day of the year due to a dubious blend of economic and social factors.
We think the whole concept is absurd and belittles millions of people’s struggles with depression so here are five ideas to put a lid on ‘Blue Monday’ and have a Bright Blue Monday.
1. Wear something bright!
Wear your favourite bright blue jumper/yellow socks/fluorescent green chinos (maybe not) and show your colours. Let us what you’re up to on social media by using the hashtag #brightbluemonday. Let’s bin ‘Blue Monday’!
2. Go outside and have a stroll.
Researchers at King’s College London found that being outdoors – seeing trees, hearing birdsong, seeing the sky and feeling in contact with nature were associated with higher levels of mental wellbeing.
3. Text a friend and arrange to do something.
It sounds like a small thing but having something planned like a coffee in a café or a cup of tea at a friend’s house gives us something to look forward to and that’s really important.
4. Do something nice for someone else.
Genuinely helping someone else can make things better for everyone. Does someone you know need something doing round the house or could they just do with a bit of emotional support? Giving other people your time not only helps them but you’ll feel great for it too.
5. If you do feel depressed, that’s ok too.
We don’t want you to think that you must be happy on Monday either. If you’re feeling depressed then that’s ok too. Remember that there is support and you are never alone. You can find out more about depression here and remember you can get in touch with us here or the Samaritans are always available on 116 123.