Blue Monday – don’t worry, it’s bunkum

Just realised that today is so-called ‘Blue Monday’  – rubbish weather, no cause to celebrate, our New Year’s resolutions have already failed, and the bills are rolling in, plus the small issue of a pandemic, of course.

I sincerely hope those who need support are able to access it.

Try not to feel too blue about this badly-named day, as the whole event appears to have been a PR stunt.

I’ve been reading The Independent which says that, in 2004, psychologist (Chris Arnall) came up with a formula for January blues for a travel firm. The component parts were these:


Image from University of Liverpool

W = weather

D = debt

d = monthly salary

T = time since Christmas

Q = time since failing our new year’s resolutions

M = low motivational levels

Na = the feeling of a need to take action

The upshot is, it is bunkum pseudoscience. Not only that, but it downplays the very real and overwhelming ongoing depression that some people feel at this – and any – time of year.

For those who need ‘cheering up’ here’s a few photos that do it for me.

For those who need more serious help, you can contact The Samaritans for free on 116 123 or any of the mental health organisations listed here.

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