If you’ve woken up at any point in the last week or so feeling a little blue and you can’t put your finger on quite why, let us enlighten you.
Today, Monday 18th January 2021, is officially Blue Monday – allegedly the unhappiest day of the year. A number of factors go into making this the unhappiest day of the year – including inclement weather conditions, the length of time from your last payday to your next so soon after Christmas and more – and whilst there is a huge element of this day that has effectively been ‘badged’ by the combination of a university and a PR company, the effects of this time of year on mental health are not to be ignored. Layer on the current climate around the Covid-19 pandemic and you can start to understand why some people will currently be feeling a little low.
Our top tip for managing Blue Monday blues? Reflect & make small steps…
It’s important to remember that this does not last and, crucially, there is no one thing you can to fix however you might feel – it’s all about small steps. Assess the different aspects of your life and give yourself some very small steps to begin to make progress.
Being career experts, we’re going to spend the next few days and weeks publishing some articles around things you can with your career to lift any Blue Monday blues you might have. If you’re currently out of work there will be a few tips on how to manage a return to the workplace in the best possible way. If you’re in work and feel like you’ve perhaps not progressed as you’d like to, we’ll have a few tips for you on how you can use 2021 to level up in your career.
But we also want to hear from you. Speak to any of our experts (publicly through our Twitter page, or privately & informally through LinkedIn) about any aspect of your career and we’ll be delighted to help.
Blue Monday blues don’t last forever, but giving yourself the time and the access to people who have been there and done it will help to shift them quicker than you might feel is possible right now.