Stress Awareness Month 2018: Stress Management

It’s the final day of April, which means this is the final day of Stress Awareness Month. Over the past month, I’ve released the following posts: Week 1: ‘An Introduction to Stress‘: The types of stress (i.e. distress vs. eustress). Week 2: ‘The Effects of Stress on The Body‘: The physiological, mental and emotional impacts of stress. Week 3: ‘Stress & Work‘:  The causes of stress and coping with stress at work/university. Although there are things that can be done to prevent stressful situations from occurring in the first place, it may not always be possible to change a stressful situation.

Blue Monday: Battling The Blues

It’s the third Monday of 2018 and today is considered to be the ‘most depressing day of the year’ – otherwise known as ‘Blue Monday’.   What is ‘Blue Monday’ all about?   Back in 2005, Dr Cliff Arnall coined the phrase ‘Blue Monday’ by formulating various factors, such as poor weather, debt, Christmas ending, failed New Year’s resolutions and low motivation levels. Apparently, these all contribute to a mass ‘depression’ occurring on this very day. Sounds pretty dispiriting right?!   Why I hate ‘Blue Monday’   My reasons are simple: As someone who lives with depression and works with