The third Monday in January is known as ‘Blue Monday’ and is supposedly the most depressing day of the year. It has been estimated that 45% of adults experience a mental health condition in their lifetime so we want to look at the bigger picture and not just one Monday in the year.
Mental health is about being able to take satisfaction and pleasure in everyday life. Depression and anxiety are common forms of mental illness and the symptoms can range from minor to very severe, all disabling in some shape or form.
People experiencing depression often find it difficult or have a lack of motivation to take care of themselves. To help tackle this a routine of self care can be really helpful.
The first step is finding out what makes you feel good. It can be anything from starting the day with an early morning run, taking 20 minutes to read a book in your lunch break, or a long candle lit bath at the end of the day. Once you have selected a few things that make you happy make them part of your daily routine.
Getting a good nights sleep can also be a challenge but its really important for keeping your energy levels up and improving your mood. A few tips for a good nights sleep is to plan a bed time routine and practice it nightly. Try turning off your electronics an hour before bed and opening a book instead. Lighting a candle or using aromatherapy can also help to get you in a sleep time mindset as you begin to associate certain soothing scents with rest and relaxation.
There are some amazing resources and communities out there to help those who struggle with mental health problems. Throughout the year Alchemy will be supporting mental health charities, if you have a charity you would like to suggest that would benefit from our support please get in touch with the Alchemy team email@example.com[image: thenewblack.goffgough.com]