Yesterday was the day known as 'Blue Monday' - the most depressing day of the year. The day when the combination of bad weather, holiday credit card bills and the long time left until pay day gets the better of us and we decide to hibernate and avoid getting out of bed.
I don't believe in things like Blue Monday and I know plenty of people who know what they need to do to manage their mental and physical state appropriately and ride out any periods that are generally recognised as being challenging.
I asked some of the people that I've been working with recently what changes they've made to their approach to healthy living in the last couple of months, and what difference these changes have made to their professional and personal lives. In other words, what changes have they made that will help them feel great and perform well all year round in spite of seasonal hot spots like Blue Monday.
The top 5 changes reported were:
- Take more exercise
- Drink more water
- Make a plan for sleep, rest and recovery
- Eat more healthily throughout the day
- Make time for me and my family
The top 5 benefits of making these changes were:
- Increased energy
- A sense of calm
- Feeling fitter
- Feeling less irritable
- A reassuring sense of balance
Nothing earth shattering there you'll notice, it's all pretty much common sense.
But what really matters is these people are living with the benefits of making these changes, not just thinking about making these changes.