“Instead of being depressed on blue Monday use this day as a springboard for change”

“Instead of being depressed on blue Monday use this day as a springboard for change”
11 January 2018

Christmas is over. The new year celebrations are over. You’re back at work. It’s dark outside and the realisation has hit you that you spent too much over the festive period. These factors can sometimes cause people to feel depressed in January, and to make matters worse the gloomiest day is upon us.

The third Monday of January is known as blue Monday – this year on 15 January – based on factors including weather, debts, time since Christmas and motivation.

With the day fast approaching Dr Nicole Main, clinical psychologist at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, is advising people to beat the blues by doing the things they enjoy, talking to family and friends and focussing on the future.

“It’s very common for people to feel depressed or sad in January,” said Dr Main. “The buzz of Christmas has worn off, it’s cold and pay day is still a week or two away.

“You can beat the January blues by taking time out to do the things that you enjoy. If you like reading, baking or painting, then try to set aside the time for these activities, because if we don't spend time doing things we enjoy, we can become irritable and unhappy.

“Also spend more time with those close to you, and talk to them about how you are feeling. Talking can be helpful and a good way to cope with a problem you’ve been carrying around in your head for a while. And if you can open up, you might also encourage someone else to do the same.

“If you feel like you need more support and live in Barnet or Enfield, we provide IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services which help people manage and overcome anxiety and depression through psychological therapies. We can help with a range of common mental health problems including low mood and all anxiety disorders.

“Instead of being depressed on blue Monday use this day as a springboard for change and focus on your future. Set yourself some goals whether it is to lose weight, stop smoking or change job. Make the most of your life and live it to the fullest.”

If you would like to access the Barnet or Enfield IAPT service you can refer yourself directly by visiting their website here.

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