Employment: Blue Monday?

Monday, January 18th, 2010 - Career, career coaching, Employment, Job Application, professionalism, recruitment

Employment: Blue Monday?

According to the Daily Mail and half the “intelligentsia” press, today is Blue Monday: the most depressing day of the year. They quote:

If you think life is a grind and you’d rather be doing anything other than going to work, you’re not alone. Today is officially Blue Monday – the most miserable day of the year. A combination of Arctic temperatures, Christmas debt and the next pay day feeling like it’s months away leaves many of us depressed and unable to face work. And to make matters worse, you probably can’t afford to take time off sick thanks to the recession or because you’ve already had days off as a result of the snow.

All of this comes from a UK company called FirstCare, a company that helps firms tackle absenteeism

Thought for the day: if you want to encourage absenteeism, and hence create business for your business, write out a “tomorrow’s fish and chip paper” press release, and get it into the Daily Mail

On the other hand, if you are feeling down…. it is always possible to make life better. The only Blue Monday I know is this one, a 1989 release by New Order:

Still feeling depressed? Take this action, defined by self-help guru Tony Robbins:

  • The mind is tied to the physical part of the body. Hence, stimulate the body, stimulate the mind
  • Stand up, legs slightly apart, not stiff by slightly relaxed
  • Now, take three long breaths. Count in 1 – 2 – 3; hold; Out 1 – 2- 3. Repeat three times
  • Now, from your core, turn as far as you can left and hold 1 – 2 – 3; and then the same again to the right 1 – 2 – 3.
  • Back to the middle, three deep breadths again; core turns again
  • Repeat at least three times

When you have finished, go and drink a pint of water: 40% of the adult population are under hydrated, so that headache is most likely dehydration

Want a tip from me to over come not feeling too good? Take some action, for instance:

  • Arrange a coffee with a friend to chat about changing jobs
  • Have your CV reviewed
  • Ring the HR department of the employer you always wanted to work for

Simply do ANYTHING than feeling upset. Go on, you know it works.

Good Luck!


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  5. Madie Kloefkorn Says:

    This is the first blog I record any details on this. Who wants to blow off time interpreting the long expired S.F. Chronicle or N.Y. Times? Their loose newsmen’ bias is much immoral than the stale “dead tree” media.

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