Blue Monday is our lowest ebb. The most depressing day of the year, says mental health charity, the Mental Health Foundation.
The anti-climax after Christmas, low motivation, lack of daylight and freezing weather are all contributing factors.
So why today specifically? Well, the date was picked out by psychologist and life coach Cliff Arnall.
Mr Arnall first wrote about ‘Blue Monday’ several years ago in a press release for Sky Travel, a now defunct British TV travel channel.
He based the theory on the ‘hibernation’ effect – a time of year when people feel tired, don’t exercise, stay indoors and eat comfort food.
The formula takes into account factors such as the weather, debt, the time since Christmas, the time until next Christmas, the time since people have failed in their attempts to fulfil a New Year’s resolution and general motivational levels.
He said: “There’s no dispute about the factors in the formula. If you have to choose a day, the best fit for all these factors is [today]. Things do change every year, but the factors in the formula are relevant regardless of the year.”
A recent survey by Anglian Home Improvements into the impact of reduced daylight over the winter months found that the vast majority of us feel it has a negative impact on our wellbeing.
It found residents in the North East are worst affected, with 87 percent saying the reduction in daylight over the winter months has a negative effect on their mood.
At a national level, 79 percent feel the shorter days have an influence on their mood.
Melanie McDonald, Head of Marketing and Communications at Anglian Home Improvements, says, “The survey shows a clear link between natural daylight, mood and motivation. Many of Anglian’s customers have told us they feel happier in the winter after installing a conservatory as they can spend time watching what’s going on in the garden and make the most of the available daylight, so it’s encouraging to learn that little changes – like making sure you sit near a window or somewhere with as much natural light as possible – can make a big difference to how we feel and cope with winter.”
There are still more than two months to go before we reach British Summer Time.
To make matters worse our favourite coffee shop doesn’t open on Mondays.
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