Business development 15 January 2018

Three steps to beating Blue Monday in your workplace

Blue Monday
Blue Monday falls on 15 January this year
With 15 January marking Blue Monday deemed to be the most depressing day of the year author Philip Cox-Hynd offers three employee tips to help give workers a boost of New Year positivity.

The Christmas and New Year period is a strange one in our culture. If we stop to think about it, it has elements of a perfect storm? that most of us wouldnt want to entertain during most other times of the year.

Around this time each year most of us end up buying lots of presents for many people who may not fully appreciate them sometimes gifts that arent really needed, or that we can’t fully afford.

There’s a pressure of activity leading up to Christmas that most can’t escape or don’t know how to cope with, and then we add in shorter days, enforced meetings with family members we probably havent seen since last year, all building to the big moments of Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

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And then, it all suddenly stops. The days are shorter, the weather is often challenging, we realise that our resolve to drink and eat less than we did last year hasn’t worked, and the bank statement reflects the overspending.

It can be difficult to talk about the true effects of the end of year, and the effects the two-week period of indulgence around Christmas and New Year can have, on many people’s emotional state.

In many cases, British maxims like pull yourself together, ‘stop moaning? and keep calm and carry on? don’t really work. A slightly different approach in the first few weeks in January after the return to work may be helpful.

Three steps to beating Blue Monday

Step One

Have the courage to talk to select friends about how you really feel about going back to work, and what the Christmas and New Year period were like for you. Include all of the good stuff, the not so good, and the stuff you really didnt like.

Step Two

Write down some of the things you ended up doing this Christmas and New Year which you didnt really didnt want to do, and write down the things you really enjoyed.

Then, make a diary note to revisit these lists in September or October thus year, before you’ve planned your Christmas and New Year, to see what changes you can make ahead of the traditional two weeks of annual indulgence that might give you a different outcome.


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