Navigating Winter Wellbeing this ‘Blue Monday’

Winter can pose unique challenges to our mental health, especially in the workplace. Leaving the house early in the morning: dark. Coming home, not all that late: dark again.

With less daylight and colder weather in the Northern Hemisphere, it is easy to see why the so-called ‘Blue Monday’ falls in January. Considered by some to be the most depressing day of the year, the concept considers weather, debt levels and time since the festive period as contributing factors to the gloom.

At Aventum, we understand the significance of employee mental health, which is why we offer a range of support systems, from Mental Health Navigators and mind coaching to personal training sessions and in-office massages.

Winter doesn’t have to be gloomy and there are some ways that might help to stay upbeat and focused this winter.

Keep Things Bright

Reduced daylight in winter can impact mood and productivity. Combat darkness by adding soft lighting to your workspace. Take regular screen breaks to step outside, even if it’s chilly, because a brisk walk can invigorate the mind and body. Wrap up!

Take a Walking Meeting

Ditch meeting rooms in favour of a stroll around a local park or try heading to your favourite coffee shop. Research has shown that walking meetings can encourage more creative thinking and reduce the pressure of formal settings.

Change of Scenery

It is not just meetings. Sometimes, a simple change of surroundings can work wonders for your motivation and flow of ideas. Altering your workspace for the day can serve as a refreshing change of pace and perspective.

Refresh Your Office

The state of your working environment can affect your mood. Add a plant, rearrange your desk, declutter, invest in a new office chair, hang new pictures. These small changes can make a big difference and contribute to our overall sense of self-care.

Practise Mindfulness

Think you haven’t got time to clear your mind? Think again. Embrace your inner Zen when taking a deep breath just doesn’t cut it. Try the simple ‘5-4-3-2-1 Countdown’ to clear your head. It’s a quick and effective way to stay grounded.

 It works by getting you to take a moment to name:

  • 5 things you can see

  • 4 things you can feel

  • 3 things you can hear

  • 2 things you can smell

  • 1 thing you can taste

Remember, your wellbeing matters. This winter, let’s be beacons of resilience and positivity. These small steps can help keep spirits high and minds clear.

Disclaimer: While Aventum is dedicated to promoting mental health and wellbeing, it's crucial to recognize that our services are not a substitute for professional mental health care. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, we strongly encourage seeking assistance from qualified professionals. Our support systems are designed to complement, not replace, the guidance of mental health professionals.