The third Monday of January has been awarded the gloomy title of Blue Monday due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills.
Apparently, a university professor managed to precisely calculate the most depressing day of the year, using the following formula:
Where weather=W, debt=d, time since Christmas=T, time since failing our new year’s resolutions=Q, low motivational levels=M and the feeling of a need to take action=Na. ‘D’ is not defined in the release, nor are units.
(Supposedly the date was calculated by using many factors, including: weather conditions, debt level, time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action.)
So how can we get past this horrid day unscathed?
💙 Don’t believe the hype! Just because we’re told it’s a depressing day doesn’t mean it has to be, so go ahead and make plans like you would for any other day.
💙 Get outside. Whatever the weather, some fresh air and some brisk walking will always make you feel better.
💙 Get creative. Plan and cook a delicious dinner, work on a craft project, get out the pencils and do some colouring. Whatever your creative passion is, set aside some time for it.
💙 Give yourself a treat. Book a massage, laze in a deep bubble bath, read a book and relax, spend a little time on yourself.
💙 Don’t be alone. If you feel like the day is going to get on top of you then make sure you get someone along for the ride to keep you company. With a good friend by your side you’ll probably forget all about Blue Monday.
💙 Think about the holidays. Surround yourself with holiday brochures and maps and think about when and where you’d like to go and then go ahead and book it.
And here are a few Blue things that can leave you feeling ‘In the Pink’