Turn Blue Monday into a Happy Monday!

These are hard times for everyone and then today is Blue Monday. Many people are currently struggling with their mental health. You, too? WOMAN shares some tips on how you can still stay hopeful and positive.

Good intentions 2.0

Have you made good intentions for 2021, but are these already not quite good anymore? This does not mean that you have to wait for a re-match until 2022. Every day is a good time for a new start.

You can also approach it differently; instead of an intention, you turn it into a goal. The goal does not necessarily have to be I want to lose 10 kilograms, you can dress it differently and more positively, like I want to get healthier and lose weight. I will do that by drinking more water, moving more often and eating healthier. ‘ With this you make it concrete and you immediately have an action plan.

Stop comparing yourself

If you find yourself constantly comparing yourself to other people, especially on social media, it’s a good idea to give yourself some distance. If you‘re busy with the perfect picture all the time, this is guaranteed to make you unhappy. You don’t have to delete the messages immediately; you can also set them to mute, so they won‘t appear in your timeline anymore.

You can also consider doing an online detox. Put your phone away and don’t look at it at all. Can‘t we do this because of work? Then try to do a social media detox of a (half) day, week or maybe a month. Remove the apps from your mobile. Or set a limit to the use of social media apps.

Gratitude

every day before going to sleep, write down something that went well that day. Even if it’s something small, like a delicious dish you‘ve eaten or gratitude for your pet; by focusing on the positive, you will become happier and calmer.

You can do the same at the beginning of the day, writing down three things you want to achieve that day — and that doesn’t have to be complicated. If you can cross it off at the end of the day, you feel like you‘ve accomplished something.

Do it easy to

work at Home can be stressful. Especially if you have children who keep asking for your attention. Make sure you take enough short breaks after completing a task. Just delicious 5 minutes nothing on your mind.

You can use this time to stretch your legs, grab a drink, give your child a little focused attention or go to the toilet. Doing this regularly will make you calmer and less wrought-up. And: it makes you more productive.

( Re) find your passions

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I’m sure there were things you liked to do before. Or is there something you‘ve always wanted to learn? Go in search of your (past) passions and enjoy the peace it brings you. But don’t give this project a deadline, that only creates extra stress.

Don‘t drink too much caffeine

No matter how delicious those cups of coffee are, it’s not good to drink a lot of caffeine. This can cause you to become restless, get headaches or anxiety, or get dizzy. Not exactly ideal if you want to work on your mental health.

Therefore, try to reduce your caffeine intake by decreasing it more and more. Of course, you don‘t have to stop completely, but say yourself; are those six cups a day really necessary?

Don’t-do-list

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You must have made a to-do list. But turn this completely around and make a ‘not-to-do-list’. What are things that you get comments on or that you yourself notice are not quite good? List these in a list and try to change your behavior positively the next time you notice that you are doing something.

Visualize your future

It may sound crazy, but by imagining a future in which you have achieved all your goals, you create a great starting point. Where do you see yourself in five, ten or maybe 20 years? What do you want to achieve and how do you get there? This can motivate you enough to be positive again and to go hard on it. Success!