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15 Jan 2018

Suffering from the January blues? Help is at hand

The third Monday in January is often known as Blue Monday.

It's a day when people can struggle more so than other times of the year. Reasons might include the dark, cold winter nights; financial stress after Christmas and the difficulties of keeping up with New Year’s resolutions. It can sometimes be hard if you are suffering from the January blues and your wellbeing might suffer as a result.

The University has a wide range of services and support available, including:

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

The EAP is a support service for University staff which is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Any matter of concern can be discussed, including mental health, legal and financial issues as well as relationships. You can do this both online and on the phone, and your discussion will remain completely confidential. Find out more about the Loughborough University EAP service here.

This month’s EAP focus is about cutting down on alcohol. A good way to start the New Year is to reduce your alcohol intake. The benefits include sleeping better, losing weight and saving money. By taking small steps and trying new drinking alternatives, you can be a step closer to being a healthier and happier you.

For further advice about reducing your alcohol intake you can find fact sheets and guides on the EAP website.

Campus facilities

Why not take advantage of the extensive sport facilities on campus? Research has shown an active lifestyle can significantly improve both mental and physical wellbeing. The Holywell Fitness Centre currently has an offer available to all staff – 2 weeks’ usage for £10 if you sign up before the end of January. This includes access to the swimming pool and all fitness classes.

#Lboroexperts New Year campaign

If you didn’t already know, a number of Loughborough academics have contributed to a New Year campaign designed to help you improve your health and wellbeing. This includes healthy eating, goal setting and even exercise workouts for you to try. Visit the dedicated YouTube channel to watch videos about the numerous topics in the campaign.