18 Jan 2021
The third Monday in January has historically been labelled as Blue Monday, playing on the wet and cold weather and post-Christmas blues, however with the events of 2020 and in the current climate, we should not just be thinking about our mental health on the 18th January, but every day.
Our mental health can be affected at any point during the year depending on our own personal circumstances, and with the recent strain of entering the new year in a third national lockdown, it’s more important than ever to talk about our mental wellbeing and raise awareness. There are lots of things you can do to try and keep positive in 2021; eating healthier, exercising and being sociable (even if it has to be through a screen right now). Samaritans have re-branded the day this year as ‘Brew Monday’; a day to reach out to friends or family members for a virtual cuppa and a chat, we think it’s a great idea, as when we have to stay physically apart, it’s all about finding ways to stay connected.
If you are struggling it is not a bad thing to ask for help or talk about your problems, with those close to you or even an anonymous helpline:
Samaritans - 116 123
MIND - 0300 123 3393
Age UK - 0800 678 1602