Monday 21 January 2019

Beat the Blues This Blue Monday

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How to beat the blues this ‘Blue Monday’.

With a combination of post-Christmas blues and dark and cold nights, today has been awarded the gloomy title of ‘the most depressing day of the year’.

Here are some positive steps to help you feel more inspired at this time of year, that will be sure to lift your spirits and leave you feeling motivated to take on the day ahead!

Our Hospice Occupational Therapist, Lucy Heaps shines a light on 5 simple ways to wellbeing to help us enjoy life and be kinder to ourselves.

  1. Connect – Connecting with others can sometimes be daunting but it will leave you feeling uplifted in times where you feel alone. Arrange to meet for a coffee or a catch up with a friend or family member.
  2. Take notice – The world can be a beautiful place. Put on your coat and step outside to enjoy the great outdoors and experience the little things that nature has to offer.
  3. Be more active – Increasing your weekly activity is medically proven to benefit not only your physical but your mental wellbeing. Next time you’re on the bus, hop off at an earlier stop to increase your walking distance or pop on your gardening gloves and increase your activity by doing things you love.
  4. Keep learning – Developing new skills helps to gain confidence. Why not look at local courses at colleges near you or take up a new hobby.
  5. Give to others – Small acts of generosity can reduce stress levels and even helps us live longer! Try volunteering at your local Hospice or charity, looking out for a neighbor or offering support to a carer in need. If you can spare as little as an hour a week you can make a real difference.

Remember, these steps aren’t just for Blue Monday…but all year round. Support is on hand for all of our patients families and carers, today and always.

Our Hawthorne Centre has some incredible group courses available that are good for your mind, body and soul including Tai Chi, Social Therapeutic Horticulture, Relaxation, Meditation and even a Choir!

For more information on how to get support, courses available for patients and cares and volunteering opportunities at Garden House Hospice Care please contact 01462 679540.

Helpful resources can also be found:

https://www.samaritans.org/

https://www.mind.org.uk/