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Blue Monday: Is it a thing?

Christmas is long gone. It’s grim outside and we’re bombarded with bad news from all angles in the mainstream media.

Today is ‘Blue Monday’ – also known as the most depressing day of the year – and its been trending across Social Media since the weekend.
You might actually think it’s relatable after the past few years, but unsurprisingly after a step back, there’s absolutely nothing scientific about it.
The name was reportedly coined by psychologist Cliff Arnall in 2004, it falls on the third Monday in January every year. He came up with it after a holiday company wanted a “scientific formula” for the January blues.

Approached by PR agency Porter Novelli, Cliff was offered a large sum to work with the agency on the formula in 2005.
“Sky Travel asked me what I thought was the best day to book a summer holiday. That question had legs as I considered the motives for why people wanted to book such a holiday. That’s how we ended up with the most depressing day of the year – Blue Monday,” Arnall says.
Eighteen years later, the idea of Blue Monday has travelled across the world, infuriating scientists and giving marketing departments a chance to boost the post-Christmas sales figures.
“I had no idea the formula was going to take off like it has. My view has always been to use Blue Monday to talk about how you feel including if you’re not feeling too great about life.” Arnall went on to say.

Whilst Blue Monday hasn’t been scientifically proven, it can be difficult not to feel anything but blue on this day due to the widespread association with it.
Plus, the factors that have been used in Cliff’s Blue Monday calculation are based on real-life factors – the weather is always gloomy this time of year, people often break their New Year’s Resolutions early, motivation levels can be low, and most of us are skint with weeks to go until payday…

But you shouldn’t have to feel blue, just remember:
It’s a just myth! There are no scientific studies to say that Blue Monday is actually Blue Monday.
We all have good and bad days – everybody’s situations are different, and it’s therefore impossible for all of us to feel exactly the same way on one particular day.
It’s actually a good opportunity to check in on our mental health – rather than automatically thinking you feel blue on Blue Monday, reflect on your mental wellbeing and continue to do it all -year round.
Talk things through with other people – this is really useful for protecting our mental health; a problem shared can be a problem halved.

Doing certain things will also help you beat those blues:
Focus on the good things – that are happening in your life and try not to be dominated by things that may have gone wrong or aren’t going your way.
Be grateful – this will help you focus on the positive things taking place all around you – no matter how small. For example, you can be grateful for having a good night’s sleep, completing your work on time, your colleague helping you out, or your partner doing the shopping for you.
Smile and laugh more – there’s no use forcing it – but studies have found that laughter can help relieve depression, stress, and anxiety.⁴ A simple laugh or smile, at ourselves or other people, can instantly lift our spirits.
Use positive affirmations – try to start every day with a positive thought, saying, memory, or quote that sets you up for the best possible start. Don’t forget to keep reminding yourself of it throughout the day, too.

Have a great day!


Blog by our COO Paul Kelly, 16 Jan 2023