Beat the Sunday Blues

It’s Sunday evening and much of the developed world is giving a collective groan. The weekend is fast receding, Monday is fast approaching, and the blues set in.  What can you do to stop Monday morning sabotaging your weekend:

Sunday

  1. Prepare on Friday

Instead of racing out of work at first opportunity of Friday, spend the last 5 minutes of the day planning for the following week; write a to do list, clean your desk, set everything up ready roll on Monday morning.  Realise that you might be feeling a little fragile and that Monday morning You needs a helping hand.

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How Walking Benefits Mental Health

Walking riverIn CBT we often use behavioural activation to start people on path to feeling better and reclaiming their lives.  The aim is for people to restart activities that mean something to them and will bring about positive feelings.  Unfortunately, mental illness can last for so long that we forget the things that are important to us or things can change or the activities that used to make us happy are no longer possible.  This is where walking can be a great starting point.   

Why walking?

Although it might not spring to mind as everyone’s first choice of a fun activity, walking has been proven time and time again to improve mood and reduce the effects of mental illness.

The best thing about walking it is that it’s free and can be done by most people.  Many people who are unable to walk can still reap the same benefits from spending time in the outdoors.  It can also be a group or solo activity, allowing for the social benefits or much needed quiet time.

Walking can give a great sense of achievement.  From just getting out of the house to do it, to building up the time and distance.  It is easy to incorporate, weather you live in a large city or rural village there are always places to walk.  By jumping off the bus a stop earlier or parking the car a distance from your destination and walking, it doesn’t take much planning.  Just being in the outdoors can bring about feelings of pleasure, tranquillity, and well-being.

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