How to overcome Blue Monday

Did you know, Blue Monday started off as a PR stunt?

Based on data such as the weather, motivation levels, and the time since Christmas holidays ended, the third Monday of January was declared the most depressing day of the year.

The calculations behind the date aren’t exactly scientific, but there certainly is some truth to Blue Monday. So, here are a few ways you can beat the blues at work - whether you’re an entrepreneur, or work in a team:

For Entrepreneurs

1. Pinpoint why you’re feeling blue

Blue Monday gives us a brilliant opportunity to discuss our mental wellbeing, and how normal it is to feel blue.

If you’re feeling this way, it may be useful to spend some time working out why you feel this way. Could it be your business performance? A relationship gone awry? Are you eating well?

Give yourself an opportunity to address these situations. You’ll make up the lost time later on, as you’ll be more motivated and find it easier to work.

If you’re feeling blue but can’t work out why, you may have seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Feeling low is quite common during the winter months (see our guide to SAD for more information) and there are a few easy ways to remedy this, such as giving yourself more time to sleep, taking vitamin D supplements, and more.

2. Discuss your blues

The next step to resolving your blues is to discuss them. This could be with someone you trust, a friend, family member, or through mentoring with Calmer.

As a solo worker, you may find it harder than most to connect with other people in general. This could be down to less face-time with others, and especially those in a similar position to you - entrepreneurs, freelancers, and business owners.

If you’d like to connect with similar people, join our Facebook Group, or come along to one of our events.

3. Create a plan for beating the blues

Depending on the causation of your Blue Monday blues, you may want to build a plan around overcoming it.

This can be something as simple as meditating, giving yourself defined working hours, or taking up our Digital Wellbeing Training,

If burnout is your main problem, make sure you subscribe to the Reignite Project. Our campaign aims to reduce burnout in 600,000 entrepreneurs, and is free to join.

For Teams

At Calmer, we believe a happy mind makes for a happy business. When things feel out of sync, this can affect our focus, attention and in the workplace, our motivation, productivity levels and engagement with others.

We provide tailored business programmes to support teams and business leaders get back on track, communicate more effectively, and improve their productivity. Contact us to request our workplace training pack.