Beating Blue Monday

21 Jan

As if January isn’t bad enough, today (January 21st) has been marked one of bleakest days of the year – the dreaded Blue Monday! With daylight hours still short, consistently bad weather along with the hangover of Christmas – financially and emotionally, still looming over all of us, it’s easy to see why the third Monday of the year is linked with lots of people feeling low. So, what can be done to battle the Blue Monday fears?

  1. Get Organised
  • Try and reduce stress by thinking about which situations occur regularly and cause you the most stress.
  • De-clutter your desk space and your home.
  • Make lists so you have everything in order and you can get the most important tasks completed firstly.
  • Keep a diary of your migraines/headaches and the foods you eat, to help identify the triggers, and how often you are experiencing them. This may sound like a daunting task, but it is worth it to be able to review over time and present to your doctor on your next visit.

     2. Exercise and Fuel your Body

  • Regular exercise is important for our physical and mental health. It helps boost your energy levels and immune system. Fit in a walk on your break. If it is too cold to exercise outside, attend a gym class or go swimming.
  • Food choices can have a huge impact on how you feel during the day. Eating healthy should be something we all do on a regular basis and not just a once off to help beat blue Monday or the January blues.
  • Bring your own lunch and snacks to work. This will eliminate the temptation to buy sugary and fast foods.
  • Try and prepare lunches/dinners in advance and freeze them so it saves time and eliminates doing it after a long day at work.

   3. 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.

 4. Sign up for the Migraine World Summit

The Migraine World Summit provides an opportunity to improve patients’ and caregivers’ understanding of Migraine and Headache disorders, by providing access to 30+ leading migraine experts, doctors and specialists from around the world. Why not brighten up Blue Monday for friends/family members by informing them about this free, online, international event? Finding out they are not alone, and there is a space where they can learn from dozens of world-leading experts, doctors and specialists could put a smile on their face. And why not sign up yourself? Even if you do not suffer from Migraine or Headaches, it shows your support to those in your life who do.

Take on the January Blues and Blue Monday by making sure to be organised, positive and healthy. Make 2019 a year to celebrate your many triumphs.

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