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5 Motivational Tips on Blue Monday – Beating the Winter Blues

Posted on January 2020

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Are you feeling down today? Many supply chain professionals in Switzerland spend most of their days in offices, factories or warehouses with little access to daylight. This is why January can be a tough month to get through mentally. The festive spirit of Christmas is truly gone, the new year’s resolutions might not be going as great as expected and the lack of daylight is lowering energy levels. If this Monday in particular is dragging you down, you might be affected by Blue Monday.

What is Blue Monday?

In 2005, a British psychologist developed a way to calculate the most miserable day of the year. Incorporating the number of days since the holidays, the weather conditions and other factors, the formula pointed at the third Monday in January, hence the term Blue Monday. While the science behind this formula is not exactly robust, there is scientifically proven truth to a phenomenon called seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

What are the Symptoms?

If you notice a lack of motivation, sluggishness, low levels of energy or fatigue in the winter days, you might suffer from SAD. This is partly because a lack of daylight causes the human body to create more melatonin, signaling that it’s time to sleep and resulting in a feeling of tiredness. Other symptoms to look out for are cravings for sugary foods and unusual weight gain.

How to Resist the Drag of Blue Monday?

In the case of experiencing the above signals on a regular basis or to a great extent, it might be time to consult a healthcare professional. But if you think this is a phase that might indeed be triggered by SAD, our guide with quick tips on how to beat Blue Monday is just what you need.

Download our 5 tips to help you turn the January blues around.