Blue Monday🟦

The third Monday in January is considered ‘the most depressing day of the year’. Why is this you may ask? The holidays are over, the weather is fairly miserable and many Resolutions of the previous year have failed. Below I have created a list of things to do if you are having a rough day. πŸƒ

  • Call a friend or family member
  • Cook a nice meal or learn a new recipe
  • Journal your feelings
  • Listen to your favourite music
  • Go for a walk
  • Practice a hobby that you enjoy (or learn a new one)
  • Write a list of things and people that make you happy
  • Learn a new skill
  • Take a break from social media
  • Go through who you follow on social media and unfollow anyone that doesn’t make you feel empowered, informed or inspired
  • Spend time in nature
  • Meet friends for a coffee
  • Visit a neighbour – think, are there any old people living nearby who might enjoy a chat and a cup of tea? These people might be living alone and could do with some help or company.
  • Do some gardening
  • Do some yoga or meditation
  • Wear a face mask
  • Have a bubble bath
  • Change your bedsheets and pjs
  • Have some icecream
  • Watch a funny movie
  • Make a nice cup of tea to have with your favourite biscuit
  • Cry!

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It is ok and good to cry when you feel sad. Anybody and everybody should cry every now and then (cool people cry too). Crying releases endorphins and oxytocin. Suppressing emotions has detrimental effects in the long-run and can cause depression, anxiety or physical stress on your body. (Sadness and depression are not the same thing- many people use these terms interchangeably).

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World Mental Health DayπŸŒπŸ’š

Today is World Mental Health Day.

People are reminded to be aware of their mental health.

Below are a list of the small things we can do to take care of our mental health.

  • Be kind to yourself
  • Drink water
  • Eat less sugar
  • Go for a walk
  • Talk to a therapist
  • Make a gratitude list
  • Take deep breaths
  • Meditate
  • Establish a bedtime routine
  • Go outside
  • Get some sunshine
  • Limit phone time
  • Journal your feelings

Make your mental health a priority

Nobody is perfect

Asking for help is a sign of strength

You are loved

Surround yourself with people who are good for your mental health and self-esteem


More information

https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day/world-mental-health-day-2020

Support

https://www.samaritans.org/ireland/samaritans-ireland/

https://www.mentalhealthireland.ie/

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