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16 January 2023
By Danielle Whiting

Combatting Blue Monday

The third Monday of every January is known as Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year. Christmas is over, the depths of winter have set in and spring feels a mile off.  

Here at The Education People, we’ve gathered some tips and tricks from our Wellbeing Champions on how to stay relaxed, happy and positive this Monday and throughout the year, when it all gets a bit much.  

1. Get Outdoors

Getting out in the fresh air for some light exercise or your favourite outdoor activity is a good way to release endorphins.  

2. Socialise

Spend time with people who make you happy. Whether it’s phoning a friend or booking in a dinner date, spending time with loved ones is a great way to increase your overall happiness and wellbeing. 

3. Listen to your favourite music

Listening to music that takes you to a happy place or time is likely to boost your mood.  

4. Plan something lovely for the end of the day

Whether a bubble bath, your favourite meal or a trip to your favourite place, planning something nice will give you something to look forward to throughout the day. 

5. Reach out

If you feel you need help today or any day, reach out and speak to friends, colleagues, family or a professional. Don’t suffer in silence, take a deep breath and take the first step to getting the support you need. 

The Education People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing hub has lots of resources, blog posts and links. Take a look at the helpful information and be sure to share any Blue Monday banishing tips with your friends and family.  

If you think you might be suffering with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), take a look at the NHS's helpful guide to beating the winter blues.