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Blue Monday: is it the saddest day of the year?

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Blue Monday is often described as the saddest day of the year. Evidence indicates it was concocted 15 years ago by a travel company. On this day # Blue Monday trends on twitter and the internet is swamped with deals to beat the ‘blues’. There is no real science behind this. Read more here. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p080x6lk

There’s no doubt that the beginning of a new year can induce feelings of sadness. For some it will be a renewed sense of loss, weariness, hopelessness or despair because of the situations they find themselves in. For others perhaps a sense of being utterly overwhelmed by the apparently relentless pressures of work from which the recent holiday, or the next one, will only be a brief reprieve.

Jonathan’s Voice promotes ways of looking after your mental health. The Five Steps to Mental Well-being are set out really well on the NHS website. There are some very practical “Do’s as well as some “Don’ts”! The site is certainly worth a visit, if only as a reminder. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing/

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