Blue Monday – don’t worry, it’s not true!

“Blue Monday” is meant to be the worst day of the year for your mental health and wellbeing – 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 an ongoing pandemic, of course.

I sincerely hope those who need support are able to access it. You can contact The Samaritans for free on 116 123 or any of the mental health organisations listed here.

So ‘Blue Monday’, the weather is frosty and cold but there is a blue sky …

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

The Independent reckoned 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. Interestingly, they all relate to the natural world.

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

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