Mental Health Tips This Blue Monday by Tom Rowe

Blue Monday falls on the third Monday of every January each year and is labelled as the most depressing day in the calendar. With many of us stuck indoors, working from home in national lockdowns and self-isolation, we thought now would be a good opportunity to share our tips on how to keep positive and look after your mental health this Winter. Let’s turn this Blue Monday into a New Monday!

1. Kickstart Your Day With A Cold Shower

Before you step out of your morning shower, switch the water temperature from warm to cold for 20-30 seconds. This will help improve your circulation as the cold water causes your blood to rush to your organs, keeping them warm. This also leaves you feeling invigorated and energised, the perfect way to start your day. 

 
KNOMO Blue Monday Blogpost Cold Shower | knomo.com

2. Set Out Challenging But Realistic Goals

Keep a journal and write down a list of goals or what you would like to achieve daily, weekly & monthly. Try filling your time wisely and celebrate even the smallest of wins. Over time, you’ll be able to look back and be proud of what you have achieved over the course of a year, whether it be at work, your hobby or a side hustle. 

 
KNOMO Blue Monday Blogpost Fulham Knomad | knomo.com

3. Exercise Daily With A Walk Or Light Jog 

Concentrate on trying to make yourself feel better through exercise, rather than using it to lose weight or for aesthetics. Going outside for a walk or light jog once a day can help to clear your head and give you a hit of endorphins to help combat those winter blues. A healthy body equals a healthy mind, so remember to wrap up warm and try to keep your phone off or out of sight.

 
KNOMO Blue Monday Blogpost Daily Exercise | knomo.com

 4. Get Creative And Make Time For Some Escapism

Be sure to make time for getting creative and doing something you love- whether it’s painting, writing or baking. Taking a break from any stress inducing activities such as work or social media is important, especially since your days can become so routine and monotonous during lockdown. Make space for a little ‘me time’, nothing says ‘self-care’ like a hobby. 

 
KNOMO Blue Monday Blogpost Get Creative | knomo.com

5. Stay Connected & Reach Out If You're Struggling

Stay connected to loved ones with a phone call, facetime or even just a quick text. Make sure to reach out to friends that may have become distant in recent times. If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that we should not take for granted the people closest to us. If you’re struggling this winter or at any time, we have left some support numbers and apps below. Remember that it’s okay to be not okay. 

 

UK Helplines:

Samaritans: 116 123

    CALM: 0800 585 858

      YoungMinds: 0800 0182 138

      US Helplines:

      NAMI: 1-800-950-6264

      MHA: 1-800-273-8255

         

        Mental Health Apps:

        Calm

            Headspace

            Mentalyze