Conquering ‘Blue Monday’ Blues: Motivations from STEM Women Role Models
As January unfolds, the third Monday is often dubbed “Blue Monday,” a day when the post-holiday blues, abandoned New Year’s resolutions, depleted bank balances, and the harsh winter weather converge, leaving many feeling low on energy and motivation.
But for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields, Blue Monday is just another opportunity to face up to challenges and inspire the next generation through shared insights. To help get you to thrive this January, we’ve gathered practical motivations from STEM women role models that go beyond clichés, aiming to inspire students, graduates, and professionals in the STEM. There’s no fluffy ‘live, laugh, love’ quotes here – we’ve got real-world advice to get you through to Spring!
Embrace Failure as a Stepping Stone:
2024 will bring successes and failures for us all. Failure isn’t the opposite of success, but a part of it. Each setback is an opportunity to learn and grow. Embrace failure, dissect it, and use it as a stepping stone towards your goals.
Advocate for yourself
Take an active role in promoting inclusivity, breaking barriers, and creating an environment where everyone can thrive. And that includes you!
Be open to opportunity
Embrace opportunities as they arise. In STEM, doors may open unexpectedly, and being receptive to these possibilities can lead to unexpected and rewarding career paths.
Be proud of your unique perspective, experiences, and skills. In a field where diverse ideas drive innovation, being true to yourself can set you apart and contribute to your success.
Say no to ‘Imposter Syndrome’
Believe in your abilities, acknowledge your accomplishments, and recognize that you deserve a seat at the table.
Just take the next step
Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the long journey, break it down into smaller, manageable tasks. Each step forward brings you closer to your goals.
Image: ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ , Charlie Mackesy
While some days may feel harder than others, remember that you are part of a community of women in STEM who have all faced challenges and obstacles. Setbacks are just setups for comebacks, and every challenge is an opportunity for growth. 2024 is the next part of the journey, and we’re here for it!