Together, we can #BeatTheBlues

Have you ever felt Blue? The chances are, like many people out there, you have too. Feeling Blue is a normal feeling and is a part of our human experience, the good thing is though, that there are many things we can do to #BeatTheBlues.



Even though we have a day of the year demarcated as ‘Blue Monday’, is it important to know that feeling Blue doesn’t look into what day of the week, month or year it is & it is a feeling which can affect anyone of us. We can all feel blue, whether or not someone has a Mental Health condition & we need to normalise the conversations around this feeling. One of the things that 2020 has reinforced for us is that feeling Blue is ok - its part of the experience of being human & we all have the power to #BeatTheBlues. With an aim to encourage conversations and spread this awareness, this Blue Monday (18th January), we ran a campaign across Instagram and Twitter where we asked our followers to share their tips and strategies which help them to #BeatTheBlues. This was also a way to show people that they're not alone on their bad days and that there’s always hope, and they have what it takes to bounce back from their bad days.


Here’s some of the suggestions we received from our social media family:

  • Cycling

  • Dancing

  • Journaling

  • Gardening

  • Having lots of coffee

  • Listening to relaxing music

  • Crying it out if you need to

  • Fist bumping with your crew

  • Spending time with your kids

  • Boxing or kickboxing workouts

  • Turning to sport and spirituality

  • Taking a break and resting it out

  • Finishing things even if it is small

  • Allowing yourself to rest & slow down

  • Making or getting yourself a nice meal

  • Going with the flows of ups and downs

  • Getting an hour of boxing every morning

  • Catching your overthinking and reframing it

  • Cutting down on screen time and social media

  • Scheduling self-care time as if it were a meeting

  • Meditating & aroma therapy with soothing music

  • Just embracing the feeling and knowing it will pass

  • Squeezing in an activity you really enjoy on Monday

  • Engaging in present moment meditative techniques

  • Volunteering or doing something nice for someone else

  • Getting outside in the fresh air and doing some exercise

  • Slowing down and starting again when the storm has passed

  • Making list of achievements and keeping them in a jar for rough days

  • Cuddling a pet if you have one (or cushion, pillow or someone you love)

  • Doing normal things like actually getting dressed, out of your PJs, doing your hair, doing your make up and nails

  • Hugging a stuffed animal and wrapping up in your favourite blanket

  • Browsing on Twitter for photos of people smiling & their pets

  • Using the AeroPress every morning to make a cup of coffee

  • Taking your pet for a walk, or going for a walk yourself

  • Tuning into things like art, music or even a funny video

  • Starting a positive ‘My Me jar’ with your achievements

  • Adding a fun or energising thing to your schedule

  • Talking to loved ones about how you feel

  • Writing down 3 things you’re grateful for

  • Engaging in deep breathing exercises

  • Spending time with people you love

  • Taking a long bubble bath/ shower

  • Drawing or doing some art or craft

  • Reaching out if you need help

  • Having a tasty hot beverage

  • Having healthy boundaries

  • Having frequent check-ins

  • Always getting ME time

  • Having quality kitty time

  • Spending time in nature

  • Celebrating small wins

  • Having bubble baths

  • Practicing gratitude

  • Creating something

  • Cuddling pets

  • Taking a nap

  • Making lists

  • Reading

  • Gaming


We are immensely thankful to everyone who joined in and shared their tips with us. To anyone reading this, know that whatever you’re going through right now, you are not alone. Together, we can #BeatTheBlues, no matter when they crop up!


You can watch the entire compilation of responses here: https://youtu.be/34PRmpP3ch8

 

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March, 2021