Brace yourself for Blue Monday, the worst day of the year thanks to unsuccessful New Year resolutions, debts and Christmas are distant memories
- Tomorrow is & # 39; Blue Monday & # 39; known as the most depressing day of the year
- Dr. Cliff Arnall said his formula explains why the third Monday of January is so bleak
- Mental health organizations have dismissed the term as a useless myth
Jonathan Bucks For The Mail on Sunday
Dr. Cliff Arnall, the psychologist who coined the term, said his formula explains why the third Monday in January is particularly bleak
As festive memories fade, you can think of your battered bank account, which floats around the waist and the grim weather – not to mention the reality of a return to work.
And if the gloom in January brings you down, you can deprive your cold consolation from the fact that you are not alone: tomorrow is probably the most depressing day of the year on the Blue Monday & # 39;
Dr. Cliff Arnall, the psychologist who coined the term, said his formula explains why the third Monday in January is particularly bleak.
It takes into account a number of factors, including the average time for taking new resolutions, the weather, the debt, the time since Christmas and motivation levels.
Dr Arnall, formerly a tutor at Cardiff University, claims, however, that instead of hiding under the quilt tomorrow, people should instead embrace the opportunity to turn a new page.
Whether it's a new career, meeting new friends, starting a new hobby or booking a new adventure, January is a good time to take those big decisions, & # 39; he added.
But mental health organizations have dismissed Blue Monday as a useless myth, claiming that there is no scientific basis for the claim. The health care organization Mind described it as "dangerous misleading & # 39; and added: "Those of us who live with depression know that those feelings are not prescribed by the date.
Mental health organizations have dismissed Blue Monday as a useless myth, claiming that there is no scientific basis for the claim
This implies that they perpetuate the myth that depression is simply "a bit down" and does not have to be taken seriously. & # 39;
The Samaritans try the day & # 39; Brew Monday & # 39; to rename and offer cups of tea and chats at events across the country for people who feel low. The helpline is free to call every day.
Research by the British Red Cross last year showed that more than a quarter of us feel the most in January.
Health experts recommend a mix of exercise, fruits and vegetables and vitamin D to boost mood and prevent the Blues of January.
Giving up or reducing alcohol is also recommended for increasing energy levels and improving sleep.