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Blue Monday – 10 Tips to Beat Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Blue Monday – 10 Tips to Beat Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Elliot Walker No Comment

 

Blue Monday is a day in January (the 16th this year, to be precise) when almost all of us are a bit down, for one reason or another. While the entirety of January is often somewhat of a struggle, Blue Monday is a day when we can collectively feel low but also try to pick each other up!

Research tells us there are a number of reasons why we might feel troubled on this day. It could be the current weather conditions, debt, the fact that Christmas is over and we’re back to school or work, or even because we’ve already failed our New Year’s resolutions. Whatever the reason is though, we’ve got 10 tips to help you combat any stress, anxiety and depression you may be feeling. We’re all in it together, so let’s beat it together!It's okay to be blue

1.      Do some exercise

Sometimes just sitting at your desk or in front of the TV can be a bit draining. Instead, to boost your mood, get some exercise. If it’s a jog, a bike ride or even a 10 minute walk, it will help. Physical exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline, and instead stimulates the production of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain killers and mood enhancers. Just make sure to wear warm clothing!

2.      Don’t try to be perfect

Every single one of us makes mistakes and we all have set backs. Life is complicated and often messy, so don’t dwell on the past. Try not to focus on the future too much either. Instead, concentrate on being yourself right now, living in the present and doing your best!

3.      Take time out

It’s almost impossible to concentrate on anything when you’re filled with anxiety and stress, so it’s important to take a break and spend a bit of time on yourself. If it’s making a cup of tea or having a bath, take 15 minutes to calm down and relax. Balance is important!

4.      Think positively

When we’re feeling troubled, we often imagine the worst! Our thoughts can run away with themselves which builds anxiety levels. Try to detach yourself from these thoughts by asking yourself whether they will even matter in a years’ time. Keeping things in perspective is a healthy way to control our thinking. You can do it!

5.      Laugh!

Laughter is the best medicine, as they say, and it’s true. Nothing works faster to lighten your mood than laughing. It makes your smile, connects you with people and lifts your spirit. Laughter also releases endorphins which increase a physical and emotional state of well-being. You’ll feel happier and much more relaxed after a good chuckle.

6.      Visualise a happy thought

Close your eyes and think about something comforting. Even for just 10 seconds you could picture a serene, warm and calming beach, being tucked up in bed, or even cuddling your pet. Any thought that will make you smile and relax will do the trick. You can do this right now!

7.      Talk about it

A problem shared is a problem halved. It’s healthy to open up and discuss your fears, as it can often take away a lot of the scariness and will offer you a chance for support! Talk to friends, family or your GP – they will want to help you.

8.      Get the right stuff

Sometimes when people are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed they can turn to the wrong sources, like alcohol or drugs, and this doesn’t help. What does help are the simple, everyday things. A good night’s sleep and a wholesome meal will make you feel much better!

9.      Write things down

Putting your thoughts into black and white will help you think through them. They will become simpler and clearer and you may even surprise yourself with the negative language you’ve used. Once you’ve physically seen your thoughts, you can challenge them and change your outlook.

10.  Do something you enjoy

Make sure to treat yourself! If there’s something coming up that you’ve been worrying about, once it’s done, reward yourself. Go out for a meal, watch a film, or go for a swim. Do something you know will make you happy. It’s important to be kind to yourself.

However you’re feeling, it’s okay to be blue. Try these tips out and remember to try and stay positive! Smiling will take you a long way.

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