Find your sunshine on Bedford’s most miserable day

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Researchers say they’ve worked out when Bedford’s most miserable day of 2019 will be. It’s apparently going to be tomorrow (16 January).

While the official ‘Blue Monday’ is next week (21 January), researchers who looked at over 30 years of weather patterns believe tomorrow will be Bedford’s most miserable day of 2019 weather wise.

And with lower temperatures and fewer sunshine hours in the area, many may well be feeling under the weather themselves.

But of course, while weather may be a defining factor for many in our daily mood, for some this feeling is not just confined to one day, with feelings of depression and isolation impacting their every day life.

Taking care of our mental health is essential to our sense of wellbeing and Bedford is fortunate to have a range of services that allow for this care. Jane Maxfield, general counsellor at JLM Counselling emphasises: “Looking after ourselves and own mental well-being is really important.

“Sometimes it is hard or not possible to talk to people you know about what is making you feel low in mood.

“That is where counselling, also known as talking therapy, can help. It enables you to talk through your concerns, thoughts and feelings in a safe, non-judgmental way to a person who doesn’t know you.”

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Maria at Beauty of Bedford says we should recharge our body and mind as often as we do our phones

Meanwhile, Pauline Yule Assistant Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner at The Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service explains what they can do to help support people: “The Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service offers a range of free and confidential talking therapies and specialist support for those struggling with common mental health problems.”

Self care is another way in which we can care for ourselves and our wellbeing. Maria at Beauty of Bedford asks: “What if you recharged your body and mind as often as your phone?

“Constant digital stimulation from computers and phones leads to increased stress levels and lack of sleep, which can not only impact your mental health, but can also accentuate the signs of premature ageing. Take time out to recharge yourself; get that massage, have that facial.”

Help for anyone feeling down or finding things difficult at any time of year is also available through organisations such as The Samaritans and Mind BLMK.

However you are feeling this Wednesday, or any day of the week, always remember that mental health is health.

Researchers for Glowing Embers pulled together the data, so you can see how Bedford’s ‘most miserable day’ compares to the rest of the UK.