Not so Blue Monday

Date posted: 05/02/2020. Author: Joe Moorhead

Every year 20 January comes around with its unwanted title as the saddest day of the year - also known as Blue Monday.

The post-Christmas blues have kicked in and people’s new year’s resolutions (despite our best efforts) have already fallen through. This combined with debts and bills, long winter nights and the late arrival of pay day after the festive period, can really make things feel flat and depressing.

What can we do?

At Sparks, we decided to make a conscious effort to turn those frowns upside down. We used this as an opportunity to stop the Monday blues around our office. People were tasked to come in to work and spread the joy to as many people as possible.

Everyone came dressed in our favourite strips and colourful clothes (no blue allowed!) as well as several people who took the time to bring in homemade brownies and biscuits. The positive mood spread throughout the team in both Sheffield and London and made for an enjoyable and positive start to the week.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed when everything gets on top of you – that’s life! However, this gave us a great platform to reflect on what we’re grateful for and what makes us happy. The team came together to create a positive environment, lifting everyone’s spirits on what can be a sad time of the year. The so called Blue Monday isn’t the only day when we may feel down and this is a great example of what we can do as individuals, and as a collective, to make a healthy and positive impact all throughout the year.