As we bid farewell to the festive season, it's time to brace ourselves for the dreaded ‘Blue Monday’. It's a term coined in 2005 to describe the supposed most depressing day of the year, which falls on Monday, 15th January this year.
January could easily be one of those months when we shut ourselves away from the world, curl up in our comfort zone, and hope that any worries and stress go away.
This is why it's so important to prioritise wellness during this time, especially for small business owners and employees. The colder weather and shorter days can take a toll on both physical and mental health, potentially affecting productivity and morale. Therefore, it's crucial to take steps to maintain good health and well-being throughout the winter season.
Encourage employees to prioritise self-care routines. Adequate sleep, a balanced diet, and regular exercise contribute significantly to overall well-being. In winter, it is especially important to maintain these habits as they boost the immune system and combat seasonal blues.
Stay Active Indoors:
Winter weather may deter outdoor activities, but there are plenty of indoor exercises that can keep employees active. Consider organising group workouts or providing resources for at-home exercises. Physical activity not only enhances health but also boosts energy levels and mood.
Cold weather often leads to cravings for comfort foods, but it is crucial to maintain a balanced diet. Consider providing healthy snacks in the workplace to keep your team energised and feeling well.
Recognise that winter conditions may impact commutes. Offer flexible scheduling options, such as start and end times, to accommodate employees facing transportation challenges.
Create a Comfortable Workspace:
Ensure the workplace is warm and comfortable. In staff break out areas you could provide cosy additions like blankets, space heaters, or hot beverages to make the environment more inviting. A comfortable workspace contributes to both physical and mental well-being.
Promote Health Initiatives:
Consider implementing health initiatives during the winter months. This could include organising wellness challenges, providing flu shots, or partnering with local fitness centres to offer discounted memberships. Healthy employees are more likely to be engaged and productive.
Every Mind Matters
Every Mind Matters and NHBF are launching a new campaign that supports everyone to ‘feel good inside and out’. When you’re busy and on your feet all day, it’s hard to remember to take time for yourself. That’s why we’re highlighting the little things we can all do, which can make a big difference to our mental health.
The Every Mind Matters website has lots of NHS-approved tips and advice to help you feel good inside and out.
Get a free, personalised Mind Plan - a mental health action plan that provides practical tips to help you deal with anxiety and stress, boost your mood, sleep better, and feel more in control.