We have all experienced good and bad Christmases and New Years too. Hopefully you have been blessed with a good Christmas and New Year to finish 2019 with and are well underway with January 2020. January is often a month where things can feel flat or the blues can creep in. Money might be tight following overspending during the festive season, family rows could have been evident over the holiday, cracks in your marriage may have become deeper … the list of things which can bring us down goes on. We are human and things do affect us, even the time of the year can bring us down simply because it is dark, gloomy and cold (although so far this January has been pretty mild).
There is a trend to have a special day for most things nowadays and Blue Monday is attributed to the third Monday of January to highlight the post-Christmas doldrums, colder and darker evenings and those unwelcome credit card bills from Christmas and January sales overspending. The timing of Blue Monday has apparently been worked out mathematically by a University Professor using a specific formula and thus the third Monday in January was determined as the most depressing day of the year. The formula is shown below:
Time since Christmas=T
Time since failing our New Year’s resolutions=Q
Low motivational levels=M
The feeling of a need to take action=Na.
‘D’ is not defined in the release, nor are units.
We can only
wonder why anyone would take the trouble to work this out at all, especially
since the blues can strike at any time for all sorts of reasons. The Winter months ensure we are deprived of
sunlight hours owing to shorter days and thus it is easy to identify this
period as the gloomy part of the year but narrowing it down to a specific day
is another matter. The cynics among us
would probably embrace the suggestion that the whole idea stems from a PR stunt
by Sky Travel which you can read about here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Monday_(date)
Whatever your thoughts about Blue Monday or even the January Blues, it is clear that many of us need help to beat the blues during this time of year. Past traumas and negative memories could, however, all too easily be triggered at any time of the year if you are unable to keep your mindset upbeat and positive. Clearing your mind and reframing your thoughts as part of your daily habits will help to keep you smiling through the gloom. If you find this a struggle then here are some ideas to distract and help you keep upbeat:
If distracting yourself does not work and the gloom persists then you may benefit from some hypnotherapy. If you would like to learn more about how hypnotherapy can help you make positive changes to your life please contact Nicki at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07568 145151.
Alison Hughes, Director of Quality Assurance and Inclusion, KWEST Multi Academy Trust (far right) with her team of ShineTime trainers
after receiving their certificates from Nicki Williamson (first left) of The Wellbeing People.
The Wellbeing People have had the pleasure of working with KWEST Multi Academy Trust when they invested in ShineTime in order to provide emotional wellbeing support as part of the curriculum in all KWEST schools. We are excited at the success of this new Programme which builds resilience, confidence and self-esteem for children.
ShineTime results speak for themselves with children reporting increased levels of confidence and happiness alongside accelerated exam results due to the fact that the children truly believe they can!
Paul Donkersloot, CEO of KWEST Multi Academy Trust says: "We are delighted with the positive impact that ShineTime has produced for our children. Our confidence in ShineTime has led to a commitment to their Train the Trainer Programme so that we can ensure delivery across all of our schools. It has been inspiring to work with Nicki and benefit from her commitment, passion and expertise."
Nicki Williamson of The Wellbeing People said: "ShineTime can be delivered in schools directly by The Wellbeing People and can reach up to six children across a single Programme. KWEST wanted to ensure they could provide access to the ShineTime techniques across their Academy so engaged in the Train the Trainer Programme. ShineTime is designed for flexible delivery, the tools and techniques benefit every child. It’s been a real pleasure to work with a Multi Academy Trust that truly supports the emotional wellbeing of children."
ShineTime teaches children unique tools and techniques to support them throughout their lives - from dealing with challenging situations such as exams and transition, to spending time understanding their emotions and how to manage them. The Programme helps children to celebrate and realise that they’re ‘perfect, just as they are’. KWEST has invested in ShineTime and ensured at least one member of staff from each of their schools has the training and support to competently deliver the Programme for their children.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about building resilience and self-confidence in children and our Train the Trainer Programme, contact Nicki at email@example.com or call 07568 145151.
Mental health has for too long been something that was talked about in whispered, quiet tones and something of a taboo. The stigmas associated with these issues has meant emotional traumas are often left buried deeply in the subconscious causing considerable harm to the individual person over the long term.
Over the last century, knowledge and understanding of these issues has improved but the mental health awareness and the required support to encourage change remains thinly spread. It is well known that mental health issues are hugely detrimental to general health and #wellbeing if neglected and in the long term can lead to clinical diagnosis, #self-harm or even suicide. Men are often fighting to live up to the out-dated idea that they must always be strong and not show their #emotions and end up suffering in silence. Our young people are our future and yet they can often be left without effective support during the challenging teenage years sometimes resulting in long term mental health conditions as adults or early suicide statistics. The fallout from suicide and on-going mental health issues adversely affects individuals, friends, families, colleagues, whole communities and businesses.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) confirm that, in 2019, suicide is the second highest cause of death for young people (aged 15 – 29 years old). This makes horrific reading when you consider that suicide is highly preventable. Just think, every 40 seconds someone dies through suicide. This is a situation that everyone has to play a part in resolving if we are to win the war.
Suicide is the very commendable WHO focus for World Mental Health Day this year. Mental Health is something which affects day to day lives 365 days a year, 24 hours a day with no let-up and it must be carried forward beyond a single day of awareness. Putting it to the back of our minds will resolve nothing and not talking about it does not make it go away. Constant reminders and taking action to encourage positive mental health goes a long way to tackling the issues which lead to #suicide. We must also remember that suicide can affect anyone, anywhere and it does not matter what social background you hail from.
The WHO wants us all to consider what each of us can do to encourage greater awareness of mental health issues in your community, organisation, school, family and social circles. This is a very worthwhile endeavour so what can we each do as individuals? Here are some ideas:
The places where we spend much of our day, such as schools and corporate work environments, are best able to help with on-going education around mental health issues including suicide awareness. They can do this by providing ongoing mental health education, training and support across the whole organisation to students, staff and employees in line with HSE requirements. They can ensure there is always someone (appropriately trained) to talk to when individuals are overwhelmed by life and work challenges.
If you have any questions or would like to learn about mental health and wellbeing support, contact Nicki at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07568 145151.