How to Beat The 'Blue Monday' Blues When Working From Home

16/01/23 – Wellbeing

Today is not just any Monday. It’s Blue Monday – generally considered to be the most miserable day of the year.

The third Monday of January was first designated as Blue Monday in 2004 by psychologist and life coach Cliff Arnell after a UK travel company asked him to come up with a formula to determine the most depressing day in the calendar.

Whilst the concept has since been widely discredited by scientists and academics and there is little research to suggest that this day is in fact more miserable than any other, for many people the idea has stuck. And for good reason.

As we reach the middle of the month, the fun and festivities of the holiday season seem a distant memory and the optimism with which many of us greeted the start of a new year has already started to fade. With resolutions already faltering, the nights still long and the weather gloomy, and the post-Christmas bills coming in, it’s no wonder that many of us end up feeling down right about now.

Previous surveys have also revealed that over a quarter of us feel more isolated at this time of the year than at any other. If you’re working from home, these feelings are likely to be even more intense.

So, what you can you do to boost your mood and beat those WFH Monday blues?

Here are our top tips:



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