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Don't Feel Blue This Monday



Don’t feel blue have a brew

Next week is the dreaded blue Monday on this day many people tend to feel down as it’s when the dreaded bills arrive.

This Monday, 16 January, Samaritans want to remind everyone to reach out for a cuppa and catch up with the people they care about. Through a campaign called brew Monday.

January can be tough for so many with the dark nights and cold wet weather it’s no wonder we can all feel a bit rubbish. But there are so many things you can do to bring some happiness and joy to your life.

Like having that cuppa with someone you care about and having open, honest conversations about how you’re feeling. It needn’t be a sad day, it can be a time when you finally make time for a much-needed catchup with a friend, family member, or work colleague.

Fresh Air

It’s Hugely underestimated for its health benefits, but fresh air is so good for our mental and physical health.

Try and get out in the fresh air, even if it’s 10 mins for a quick walk, it really will give you a pick me up. It not only improves your mood, but it also reduces anxiety and stress. As well as providing a boost for your immune system. These are just a few ways walking outdoors can make you feel better.

Challenge yourself

Complete a qualification, learn something new, or maybe set a sporting challenge…

Many people have made New Year’s resolutions like learning something new, losing weight, or eating healthier. But even if you haven’t it’s not too late to set a goal for this year.

Goal setting is proven to provide hope and optimism to people, especially during difficult times, and gives us meaning and direction.

It helps us to set a clear direction for where we are heading in the coming weeks and months. Having clear goals is shown to increase motivation, self-esteem, self-confidence, and autonomy (Locke & Latham, 2006).


As you may already know learning something new is so good for the mind and cognitive functioning. It improves communication, self-esteem, and problem-solving skills and broadens the person’s knowledge and critical thinking. The benefits are huge and many studies have concluded how important it is for changing brain chemistry.

Learning helps keep those cells active within your brain and new neurological pathways are formed, it’s through these neural new impulses to travel along them. This helps stop the destruction of myelin in (nerve tissue). Which is vital insulating material within the brain.

If the myelin becomes damaged or gets worn away, this can mean that nerves can also be damaged. Which increases the chances of developing dementia amongst other things. But reduction or damage to myelin not only causes issues in the brain but the body.

There’s so much data and research pointing to the fact learning something new is good for us

But where do you start?

At Ligtas we have a vast course catalog full of accredited and non-accredited training, both online and in the classroom. Some courses can be completed in as little as a few hours, like our mental health awareness course. While others take an average of 6 months like our most popular course NEBOSH National General Certificate.

Course Overview- Mental Health Awareness

In this day and age, mental health is widely recognised as a key area for individuals in both their work and their home lives.

Along with the stigma around opening up about mental health an awareness of mental health issues can be unknown to many.

The Mental Health Awareness Course covers the main types of mental ill health along with typical symptoms, relief, and coping strategies.

Bookings can be made online or via the phone at 02922 800 000 or enquiries@ligtas.co.uk

Or if you’re looking for a longer-term commitment then why not enroll in our NEBOSH National General Certificate and you could be one of the 200,000 plus people who hold the qualification?

The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (NG) is a widely recognised health and safety qualification. The NG offers an excellent grounding in the essentials of health and safety.

Course Overview

This qualification meets the academic requirements for Technician membership (Tech IOSH) of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and Associate membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).

With an in-depth focus on the things that matter, the NEBOSH National General Certificate covers:

• How to effectively manage health and safety

• How to identify and control common workplace hazards

• How to measure if you’ve been successful

• The UK’s key legal requirements

Please note Exam fees are charged in addition to the course fee.

Did you know we also offer funding options for courses?

All you need to know is on this page, Funding For Health And Safety Courses: Ligtas

Then all you need to consider is whether you’d prefer an online or a classroom course.

All that’s left to be said is if you are feeling anxious, worried, stressed, or just not yourself this Monday or any day. Please talk about how you are feeling.

Or if you’d rather talk in confidence to someone you don’t know the Samaritans are there 24hrs a day 365 days a year by calling 116, 123 (free from any phone).

What is the bravest thing you’ve ever said? asked the boy.

‘Help,’ said the horse.

Asking for help isn’t giving up, said the horse. ‘It’s refusing to give up.

― (Charlie Mackesy, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse)

Where do you want to go today?