Blue Monday is a term coined by the media in 2005 to describe the third Monday of January, which has been found to be statistically one of the most depressing days of the year.
The effects of this day can be felt throughout your workplace. From an increase in sick leave and tardiness, to reduced productivity, it’s important that you take steps towards improving work mood on Blue Monday.
Improve your work mood on Blue Monday with these 5 easy steps.
Do something you enjoy during your work break: While you may be restricted in terms of time, doing something fun on your lunch break can help boost your mood during the day. Take a book you’ve been meaning to read, meet a friend for a coffee, get away from your desk and take a walk.
Plan things to look forward to: It doesn’t need to be as extravagant as a lavish holiday, (although evidence suggests a holiday is actually good for your career! Workers reported they felt more positive about their jobs on return from a vacation) making plans for after work or the weekend can keep you feeling motivated and put you in a good mood.
Stay hydrated! Dehydration can lead to fatigue and headaches, keep a water bottle on your desk, refilling regularly will give you an excuse to stretch your legs and give you a minute away from your desk. Food is equally as important, eat a healthy lunch to keep you feeling at your best, Brazil nuts, bananas and cereals are known mood boosters!
Make use of company perks. If you do have benefits such as flexitime or an option to work from home, use it! It’s a great way to get a little more work-life balance that will help you come back to the office feeling refreshed.
Chat to your colleagues. Getting to know your colleagues is a great way to boost positivity and build new friendships. Organise some time to socialise outside the office, team build and strengthen your relationships – after all, we often spend more time with our colleagues than our family!