“Blue Monday” is the name given to the Monday that falls in the last full week of January every year. It has been suggested that this is the most depressing day of the year”-Mentalhealth.ie
Studies show the reason for this is because of the shorter days and lack of sunlight that come with this time of year.
Its important to look after our mental health so below we have listed a few ways you can do so.
- Exercise- Exercise releases endorphin’s in our brains that cause us to feel happier, so this can be a great way to combat feeling low during the winter months.
- Sleep- Making sure we get a good nights rest is super important for our mental health. It energizes us for our day and helps our memory.
- Relax- Its very important not to over do it. Make sure to take some down time so your stress levels stay low.
- Eat well- Making sure you have a balanced diet will help with your energy levels and self esteem.
- Mindfulness- Focus on the now and try not to worry about things you can’t control.
- Be sociable- A good way to help if your’e feeling down over Christmas is to meet up with friends and loved ones.
- Talk- Making sure to talk to someone when you’re feeling down is very important for your mental health.
- Work on your self esteem- Stop comparing yourself to others and accepting yourself will help improve self confidence.
- Set goals- Managing our time is important for our mental health to avoid getting stressed.
- Get help- Always make sure you reach out to those that can help if you need it. The following are some of the organisations you can talk to.
Free phone: 116 123
Aware (Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder & Anxiety)
Tel: 1800 80 48 48
Pieta House (Suicide & Self-harm)
National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247
Tel: 01 623 5606
Turn2Me.org (Online one to one or group counselling)
Grow (Mental Health support and Recovery)
Tel: 1890 474 474
Bodywhys (Eating Disorders Associations of Ireland)
1890 200 444
Irish Advocacy Network (Peer advocacy in mental health)
Tel: 01 872 8684
IACP (Counselling & Psychotherapy)
Tel: 01 230 3536
Irish Council for Psychotherapy (Counselling & Psychotherapy)
Tel: 01 905 8698
Shine (Supporting people effected by mental ill health)
1800 66 66 66 24hr a day
One to one chat – 10am-4am
Text BULLY or TALK or HELP to 50101 from 10am to 4am