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Those January Blues

Jan 2, 2018 | News

The first few weeks of January are often perceived as a challenging time for employees from a mental wellbeing perspective. Read on for Safewells guide to helping you beat the mid-winter blues.

It is the new year and while some will rejoice and create a list of resolutions, it can also be a difficult period for those with a mental health issue, and those whose wellbeing in the workplace is challenged.

Blue Monday
The day which is the major focus in January is the so-called ‘Blue Monday’ – the third Monday in January. Although there is no hard evidence to prove this, this is the worse day of the year for mental health.

Despite a lack of firm scientific evidence, there is some empirical research that suggests the month of January is a particularly difficult time for workers. It has become a standard by which to look at the broader picture of mid-winter wellbeing.

Sick Leave

A BBC news article states that Mondays are the most common day for employees to be off sick. More than a third of all sick leave is taken on a Monday, research suggests.

Also, the government’s official data provider, the Office for National Statistics, reveals that in excess of 130 million days are lost to sickness each year – and recently stress has become the biggest workplace sickness issue.
The issues for workers are three-fold, according to the man behind the Blue Monday concept, Dr Cliff Arnall, who created it during his time at Cardiff University: debt levels, weather and the associated seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and a failure to keep to new year’s resolutions or lifestyle issues.

If you’re struggling contact the Samaritans for help and advice.

Follow this helpful guide from the econugenics blog to get you on the right track.



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