There is a lot of talk of Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year. But according to who?
Apparently, a travel company tasked psychologist Dr Cliff Arnall in 2004 to come up with a formula for the most depressing day of the year so they could convince people it was the best day to book a holiday and beat those blues. He figured the third Monday in January was when most people felt pretty depressed, and the term Blue Monday was coined. Sounds convincing?
Jumping on the bandwagon of this made up day, companies are selling a myriad of products and services to help us get through the dreaded Blue Monday. Unfortunately though, well being and feeling depressed can’t be channelled into a single day of the year.
However, it can be an opportunity for employers to check in on your staff and review how well being and mental health is being managed in your organisations. – rather than automatically thinking you feel blue on Blue Monday, reflect on your mental wellbeing and continue to do it all-year round.
The Power of Everyday Practices
Cultivating a culture of well-being in the workplace hinges on the consistent practice of small, everyday behaviours and habits.
By prioritising recognition, autonomy, fostering supportive environments, encouraging continuous learning, and promoting inclusivity, employers can create a workplace where people feel valued, engaged, and happy.
Proactively addressing employee wellbeing and implementing effective strategies for preventing workplace burnout is crucial for creating a sustainable and thriving work environment no matter what time of the year.
This could involve maintaining the positive practices adopted last year or readjusting to incorporate more sustainable work practices into our daily routines.
We have compiled a list of resources for both employers and employees to help you beat those blues.
Preventing Workplace Burnout
Workplace Wellbeing Initiatives for a Happier and Healthier Workforce
Wellbeing from the Top Down
The Lunch “Break” – Tips for Employers
Sleep – Are you Getting Enough?
Wellness at Work – Ergonomics