15 January 2018
It’s the time of year again; the day when we’re all told to feel sad, Blue Monday.
According to the Guardian, the day was coined by the psychologist Cliff Arnall in 2005 after a publicist at a British holiday company persuaded him to create a “scientific formula” to find out “the most depressing day of the year”. What a useful discovery for society.
January is already a challenging month with such a long time between paydays and the comedown from the festive cheer, without us being told to feel worse on a certain day of the year. I can’t begin to imagine how unhelpful that is for people fighting to keep their heads above water in the grip of depression.
Ultimately, it’s ok to feel low at any time of year, on any given day. When those days come around, it’s incredibly helpful to have the tools to hand to help you. Whilst it’s not so easy for many, for the standard seasonal slump sometimes just having the right support network and advice can work wonders.
That’s one of the reasons we’ve launched a Wellness Week in the office at UKFast. It’s mid-month, payday is still a bit too far away and it’s just so grey outside. So, let’s do something to pick up the energy.
As part of Wellness Week we’re trialling new fitness classes on top of the kettlebell and yoga sessions we currently run. These include Pilates, Zumba, a sprint masterclass and ‘clubbercise’ – exercise with glow sticks and loud music. We’ve also arranged for a masseuse to join us on Friday to give mini massages for the team throughout the day.
The aim of all of this is to brighten up the week for the UKFast team and spread a bit of joy. Seeing the energy in the office, it seems it’s working.
Yesterday, I shared some of my tips for beating the January blues. However you’re feeling today, tomorrow is a new day and a new opportunity.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on Blue Monday and how you keep your energy going throughout a slump.