Forget Blue Monday, it’s Brew Monday 2023
16 January 2023
By RJ Heron
The third Monday of the year is sometimes referred to as Blue Monday and is believed by some to be the ‘hardest day of the year’. The Samaritans believe this to be a myth so are attempting to spin it on its head, turning Blue Monday into Brew Monday.
We all have good and bad days, but these aren’t for the calendar to decide. We also have different ways of dealing with our emotions when we’re feeling a bit down. But a comforting cuppa and a catch-up is a good place to start and can help change your day for the better, no matter what time or day of the week.
Wellbeing boosting tips
If a cuppa isn’t for you then there are plenty of other good ways to clear your mind and get things off your chest.
Taking a walk with someone is a great way to discuss feelings in an open environment. The benefit of being out and about is that you are partially distracted, so conversation will be able to flow – the fresh air is a bonus too.
Getting active is a great way to stimulate your mind and release endorphins – the feel-good hormone. It could be as simple as taking a walk or riding a bike, and the benefits are almost instant.
Our diet also impacts on our mood by getting a healthy balanced diet full of nutrients and staying hydrated, how we eat can improve how we feel.
Just picking up the phone or sending a text can make you feel better and make someone’s day. It can be as simple as that, check in on those close to you and they’ll be there to return the favour if you need it.
Reducing your alcohol intake and quitting smoking also contribute to improving wellbeing, the NHS website has advice on how to achieve this, as well as apps to track and monitor your progress.
Be kind to your mind
The NHS Every Mind Matters webpage has a variety of tools that can be used to support mental health, including free personalised Mind plans, advice if you’re feeling lonely, as well as anxiety-easing emails.
How are you? Quiz
Take this quiz to check in on how you’re feeling, it takes just 10 minutes and you’ll get a free personalised health score, with advice and tips for healthier living.
How to help others
It’s also good to be prepared to lend an ear to a friend, family member or colleague. The Samaritans have put together a guide to active listening, check out the SHUSH guide and tips to help someone open up and feel comfortable to talk about their situation. Also, brush up on your cuppa-making skills.