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Top tips for beating Blue Monday

Say thanks

It’s so simple we sometimes forget to do it. Who’s helped you at work today, or last week? Research shows taking the time to appreciate good things improves psychological health and mental strength. Share your appreciation with a thank-you, and you’ll be spreading the joy.

Further the cause

Seek out inspiration in your organization’s mission and take some time to think about how you and your team contribute to the bigger picture. Go one step further and Write a new mission focused goal for your team to focus on.

Lunch with a friend

If you ever needed an excuse to have lunch with a colleague or in your wider network, Blue Monday is it. Research shows shared moments of warmth, laughter, care and concern build wellbeing and resilience.

Do something you love

Seize an opportunity this week to do tasks that put you ‘in the zone’. Total absorption in work – what psychologists call “flow” – is a joyful state which builds intellectual, social and psychological resources.

Set a new goal

Negative emotions have their uses. If we dig beneath the surface, they can reveal what’s important to us. They challenge us to mix things up and strive for better. What’s one thing would you like to do differently this year? Write it down and feed it into your next 1:1’s with your manager.