|Belfast Charity Offers Advice to Beat Blue Monday|
|Monday, 21 January 2013 13:51|
With studies suggesting that today is the most depressing day of the year, local charity New Life Counselling has issued advice on how to beat those winter blues.
The Monday that kicks off the last full week in January has been found to be the most depressing day, earning it the moniker ‘Blue Monday’.
Getting out of bed for work is set to be more difficult, people will be a bit more subdued than usual and little things we normally wave away could well get under our skin.
Researchers believe the combination of dark days and Christmas debt creates a general low mood in January, coming to a head this year on Monday 21st January.
However, Karen Collins, CEO of New Life Counselling, says that feeling low today is natural: “We all get a bit down now and again, and around this time in January does tend to be a bit worse for it for a lot of people – it suddenly feels like Christmas was ages ago, the days are dark, and the bills for December are rolling in.
“But don’t worry, there are lots of things you can do to perk yourself up: if you can, try to get some fresh air and a bit of exercise. Do things you enjoy, whether it’s catching up with friends and family, baking, or going for a long walk. Keep warm, wear bright colours and if you’re feeling a bit down, talk to a friend – they might be feeling the same!
“You’ll probably find that your spirits will lift in a day or two. But if your low mood continues constantly for more than two weeks, seek help from your GP or refer yourself to a counselling service like New Life Counselling.”
New Life Counselling is based in Belfast and provides counselling services for all ages. To find out about how to refer yourself or about fundraising opportunities for the charity, call 028 9039 1630.