Walking charity Living Streets Scotland is urging everyone to go for a lunchtime walk to beat Blue Monday
A national charity is urging Scots to get out and walk more in a bid to beat the blues.
To mark so called Blue Monday – today is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year – Living Streets has urged everyone to get some exercise in the fresh air.
Set up to promote the value of walking, Living Streets is highlighting that physically active people are up to 30% less likely to become depressed, and staying active helps those who are depressed recover.
Walking boosts happiness levels, which is especially important during the winter months when many of us travel to and from work in the dark
Stuart Hay, Living Streets Scotland director, said: “The benefits of exercise on our physical health are often promoted but exercise has very positive effects on our mental health too.
“Walking boosts happiness levels, which is especially important during the winter months when many of us travel to and from work in the dark.
“We’re encouraging people to go for a lunchtime walk with friends or colleagues to ensure they’re getting out in the daylight hours, socialising and getting some exercise – all of which will help with the winter blues.”
Blue Monday falls on the third Monday of the year every year. It’s thought to be the most depressing day of the year taking into account weather, debt levels and time lapsed since Christmas and New Year.
Living Streets Scotland’s other top tips include eating well, socialising and getting as much daylight as possible.
The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) has also provided its five top tips on how to achieve better mental health.
Symptoms of depression include fatigue, apathy, disturbed sleep or becoming withdrawn. Those experiencing more persistent issues should visit their GP.