Blue Monday is considered to be the most depressing day of the year. Based on a campaign from 2005, the idea is that people are most likely to feel their most unhappy on one of the last Mondays of January. Whatever the credibility of this campaign, Blue Monday has taken on significance as a day for people to discuss mental health and depression.
According to the World Health Organisation “Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease”. Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression. Closer to home, an estimated one in four people are affected by mental illness of some kind.
Politics – especially election campaigns – can be stressful. So we asked Liberal Democrat members and activists for their top tips for self-care and wellbeing. What works for you?
Jo Swinson MP, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats
Layla Moran MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Education
“Netflix features heavily. Walks in fields or woods – there are loads round me. Chilling with the cat. The sound of purring is instantly soothing.”
Tom Brake MP, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson
“For me there is nothing like going running for 45 minutes to clear all Brexit-related and other energy-sapping thoughts from my mind!”
Elaine Bagshaw, Parliamentary Spokesperson for Poplar & Limehouse, Feral Board & London Region Exec Member
“You shouldn’t be afraid of setting boundaries and sticking to them – even if something like a snap election gets thrown at you! It’s ok to say no to things and to take time for yourself”
George Rice, Manchester Liberal Democrats
“My personal self care tip is walk places if you can. It is healthy and gives you time to reflect”
Shelly English, Tower Hamlets Liberal Democrats
“You can only care for others if you care for yourself. Give yourself a regular physical and mental break”
Andrew Hunter, Kent Liberal Democrats
“Find something you love doing, that way even when it hits the fan there will always be something to bring you back up”