Beating Blue Monday

January 2024

January can be especially hard for grievers, with all the focus on new starts and a new year that we are acutely aware our loved one is not a part of.

Graphic that says Your mental health matters on every day of the year.

Here are some important things to remember if you are struggling:

  • We all have good and bad days – you are not alone.
  • Talk to others – the WAY community is here for you and totally understand what you are going through. 
  • Reflect on your mental well being and think about the things that you can do to boost your mood.

WAY members shared some of the things they do to help them feel better.

  • Read an uplifting book
  • Take a walk in the countryside with my dog
  • Visit a friend for a cup of tea
  • Cook some healthy meals
  • Gentle exercise
  • Taking some time out and having a relaxing bath
  • Share some happy memories of your loved one
  • Reach out and talk to someone

If you are struggling to cope, speak to your GP. There are also support services available 24/7 in the UK:

Samaritans helpline – 116 123

Text SHOUT to 85258

In an emergency, or if you are in danger, call 999.

WAY members shared more tips for looking after your mental health:

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When you join WAY you’ll have access to a community of other widowed people who understand what you are going through.

Members can access, a telephone support line offering counselling, legal and financial support, a subscription to our members magazine, specific groups to connect with others and helpful resources to help you understand your loss.

We are sorry you or a loved one needs to be here, but we all understand how difficult these times can be and we’re here for when you are ready.