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Is it a Blue Monday for you?

Is it a Blue Monday for you? January 18, 2016 by Mike Henshaw

Blue Monday is the most depressing day of the year. Says who?
In some countries, and certainly in our part of the world, the third Monday of January is dubbed Blue Monday.
It's said to be the most depressing day of the year; a perfect storm of bad weather (and we have had snow here!), post-Christmas angst, a flurry of credit card statements, and the dawning realisation that New Year’s resolutions are wobbling.
So what can you do to beat the blues? Here's some suggestions...
1.Try something new - and make plan.
Be creative; try a new approach to everyday tasks new to get your brain active. Think about your job and identify the areas where you'd like to improve your performance, then make a plan to do it.
2. Get physical.
By changing your physical state, from a simple shoulder-shake at your desk to a full work-out at the gym, or a walk at lunch time, you can change the way you feel.
Even a walk around the office or showroom can help, but make sure you observe as you go. You may notice changes you could suggest.
And capitalise on the light. Natural light helps stabilise serotonin and triggers endorphin, both mood-boosting hormones. See if you can get outside for at least ten minutes today (and every day!)..
3. Contact a friend or relative.
Get in touch with someone you have not heard from in a while; amazing how good that can make you feel.
4.Take a break.
Go somewhere different, maybe a coffee bar you have never been into or a new local deli. By changing your physical location and experiencing new things, you change your perspective on the world.
5. Be nice to colleagues - or to a stranger.
Do a random act of kindness; doing nice things for others is the best form of self-satisfaction.
Buy the buns or muffins for an afternoon coffee break, great for team spirit - or bring someone a latte they weren't expecting.
And practice altruism. There’s a growing body of research that links altruistic behaviour with improved health and a greater sense of wellbeing. Offer someone a genuine compliment, and/or make a contribution to a charity.
6. Smile.
When you smile, you release a cascade of feel-good chemicals in your brain.
Your body relaxes, and blood pressure may be lowered. Smiling is contagious, too, so if you smile at others you’ll help them feel better as well.
7. Be grateful.
Recent research has shown that when you take time to appreciate what you already have, you’ll feel more energetic and optimistic. Make a list of things you’re grateful for, and people you’re grateful you know.
8. Share you thoughts - and ask for feedback.
Share a thought, or a problem, with a colleague or line-manager and ask for feedback.

And do more of the same on Tuesday! And the day after, and the day after…
Before you know it, it will have been a great week and you will have changed some things for the better.


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