Put your wellbeing first – and stay happy and productive this Blue Monday.
Every year, without fail, the newspapers carry a light-hearted story on ‘Blue Monday’, the day in January when we’re all the most likely to be miserable thanks to mounting bills, bad weather and a lack of motivation at work.
And while the broader narrative might stick to the light-hearted factors, we must use the day as an important reminder of wellbeing and mental health within the workplace; we’ve all got to be conscious of people who genuinely are down on this day – and every other day.
Mental health issues are the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK so it is in the interests of employers and employees to tackle stress, depression and anxiety head on.
It’s something we at Rethink have first hand experience with thanks to some work we did last year with the awesome Bristol Mind – a charity promoting emotional and mental wellbeing support through delivering high quality services in partnership with others and works to raise awareness of, and promote positive views about, mental health issues.
Their talk in our offices last year helped us adopt different ways of working – and made us even more committed to ensuring that everyone working in our Bristol team is happy and working flexibly and on their terms.
So how can we take small steps to being positive on this Blue Monday? Let’s start by using the day as a reason to embrace the New Year and take back control of your life. We spend an average of 10.3 years working throughout our lives, so fix up, look sharp, go and kick some butt and try something that’s right for you.
If you aren’t happy in your work, think about why – is it the industry, the company, the culture, or the day-to-day role? It’s important to remember that there are other options out there.
We all get the blues at work, particularly after the festive season when you get used to lie-ins, time with family and knowing your time is your own. But instead of letting it get to you this Blue Monday, take the bull by the horns, and start researching and looking for something new – whether it’s a new company, a different niche or an entirely fresh career direction.
Getting up in the dark is no fun for anyone, but changing your perspective and being proactive about following your career goals is something we can all do.