21 January 2019 • Martine Seijffert
10 tips to make it through Blue Monday
Today is the most depressing day of the year. Why? According to psychologists this is because today is a cold and dark day, your New Year’s resolutions have been tossed aside, the next holiday is still far away and on top of all that, it’s Monday! But look on the bright side: after today things will only get better. If you feel like everyday is Blue Monday, check these tips provided by our student psychologists.
1. Talk about it
Talk to someone you trust, for example a family member or friend
2. Write down your thoughts
Or create a painting, a drawing or a vlog
3. Wake up and go to bed at set times
Keep the same daily rhythm
4. Do something fun
Choose something you have always enjoyed but haven’t done in a while
5. Try to take exercise regularly
Even when you feel tired, exercising will energise you
6. Try to be aware of your thoughts.
Ask yourself some of the following questions: ‘Is it true what I’m thinking?’ and ‘does it help me to think about this?’
7. Pay yourself a compliment every now and then
We are often far too hard on ourselves. It helps to state your accomplishments
8. Do not be too demanding of yourself
Set one small achievable goal each day to boost your confidence
9. Interrupt your worrying
Put an elastic band around your wrist and give it a pull whenever you find yourself worrying
10. Create a to-do list
This allows you to clear your head and lets you tick off what you have completed
A comprehensive version of this list is available on this page at the Student Portal.
If you are considering an intake meeting with a student psychologist, please talk to your student counsellor. With a referral from the student counsellor, you can schedule several sessions with a student psychologist. You can make an appointment at the Student Service Desk in Ovaal 1.02. These sessions are free. At the moment, the waiting time for an introductory session is several weeks.