‘Blue Monday’ (also known as the third Monday in January) is considered a time of year where we might feel more down than usual. It’s important to Take Notice of how you’re feeling around winter as darker nights, the anti-climax after the festive period and unachieved New Year’s Resolutions can make it easy for the days to merge into one and to get caught up in a negative cycle. Add to this the pressure of upcoming exams and assessments and for many it can be a tough time of year.
We want to take the time to share some ideas to help you brighten your mood and take care of yourself if you’re feeling low from the University’s Wellbeing team.
- Try not to put too much pressure on keeping New Year’s resolutions: small steps are great and setbacks are normal when beginning to achieve your goals. Our content creators have been busy sharing their thoughts on New Year’s resolutions so check it out to get inspired.
- Plan some fun activities to look forward to this month with friends and family. Being with loved ones creates a powerful combination of oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin – all of which are feel good brain chemicals. This is even more crucial during the assessment period as taking care of your wellbeing should be just as much a priority as revision. Remember to take regular breaks and meet up with friends (to revise or socialise). Allison’s tips about self care might be a helpful starting point if you’re stuck.
- Introduce more light to your daily routine by moving your desk to your window, or going for a walk on your lunch break. Daylight increases serotonin and produces Vitamin D, helping to boost your mood and maintain good physical health. Our six ways to wellbeing guided walk can help you connect to your wellbeing whilst getting outside.
- Although the winter season is a period that can cause low moods, it might be comforting to know that the theory of ‘Blue January’ as a universal low mood month in itself is not yet based in factual evidence. If you can, try and treat the month like any other, but still remember to Take Notice of how you’re feeling.
- Please reach out for extra support if you feel you need it. The Student Support website is a good place to start if you need a little extra help with your mental health, academic work or financial support.
If you need extra help
If you feel like you or a friend need further support then our You’re not alone campaign is here to help you look after your mental health and keep yourself safe this exam period.
Or if you’re worried about exams and assessments then explore our Ultimate Student Guide to Exams.