Since 2005, the third Monday of January has been known as Blue Monday, as it is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year.
Whilst most of us may well be feeling blue after Christmas, with the grey weather, feeling the pinch and more than likely having started a diet, you might be surprised to learn that the term ‘Blue Monday’ was actually coined by a holiday company, to encourage people to get their holidays booked!
Sky Travel asked Dr Cliff Arnall to come up with a date for the most depressing day of the year, so using a ‘formula’ based on variables such as, debt, the end of Christmas, bad weather conditions, failed New Year's resolutions and low motivation levels, he concluded that a mass depression descends on the population on the third Monday in every January.
Dr Arnall has since spoken out and claimed that he never intended ‘Blue Monday’ to symbolise doom and gloom, and in fact wanted to encourage people to take a more positive outlook at this time of year and to see it as an opportunity for new beginnings and change.
So, with this in mind, instead of wallowing on Monday, perhaps we should all see this significant date as a day to plan a positive year ahead, and to look within ourselves to what makes us happy, and focus on that, instead of the negativities that January can bring. Maybe this will be the year that you finally take up that hobby you’ve been meaning to do, or start practising mindfulness, or a new exercise regime.
Whatever you choose, it’s a whole new year, so make it your best one yet.