As the winter chill settles in, and the holiday euphoria begins to fade, a peculiar term starts making its rounds – Blue Monday. Widely known as the most depressing day of the year, it takes place on the third Monday of each January.
But what is Blue Monday? What is the purpose of it? We’ve put it all into one easy article.
The Origins of Blue Monday
The origins of Blue Monday may come as shock to many. What if we told you that it doesn’t even truly exist?
The term was first introduced by British psychologist Dr. Cliff Arnall in 2005. He put forward a formula which considered various factors that contribute to a lack of well being and general low mood. This included weather, debt, time since Christmas, monthly salary, time since failing New Year’s Resolutions, and more. From this, he concluded that the third Monday of every January was generally the most depressing day.
Arnall created this formula in partnership with Sky Travel, who used it as a publicity stunt to help promote their winter deals.
So, what does this mean? It means that Blue Monday is nothing but a marketing ploy to help companies sell their services or products. In fact, there is no real science behind it.
How to beat ‘Blue Monday’
So, we’ve established that Blue Monday is a scam. However, it’s true that January can be a challenging month. From cold weather, shorter days, and returning to work can affect the well being of many.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be as dreary and depressing as the media makes out. There are ways to make it more positive.
Practice self care
Think deeply about what routines and practices truly make you happy. It could be as simple as cooking your favourite meal, enjoying your favourite book, or listening to your favourite playlist. Putting yourself first can boost your well being and is the key to January self care. Check out our Bright Blue Monday playlist here.
Let there be light
In winter, there is naturally less daylight. Being exposed to natural light has been scientifically proven to have a positive impact on mood meaning it’s important to make the most of it. Open your curtains, spend some time outdoors, or consider investing in a light therapy lamp.
Connect with Others
Social connections are essential for mental well-being. Reach out to friends or family members, even if it’s just for a quick chat. Consider organizing a virtual hangout or meeting up for a coffee if possible. Chances are a lot of people in your life are feeling the same as you and would appreciate the company.
Don’t be afraid to ask for support
If you feel like January blues are getting too much, consider talking to a friend, family member, or a mental health professional. Sharing your feelings and seeking support is a courageous step toward better mental well being. Look out for local organisations and charities who offer services that can help. Listen to podcasts, read books, and surround yourself with online influencers who are a positive influence.
Even attending well being workshops and courses is a proactive way to increase your mood. It’ll help you build healthier habits and practical ways to look after yourself.
January and Money
January can be a difficult time financially. With the added pressure of the cost of living crisis on top of the expense of Christmas and New Year, many of us find us struggling to make it to the next paycheck. It is important that January self care applies to your finances too. Putting in simple, proactive steps to look after your money is the best way to overcome this. It will give you a peace of mind to know your outgoings. Check out one of latest articles here where we talk all things money mindfulness.
We are hosting a Mind and Money workshop for women in the Liverpool city region. It is designed to help women feel empowered, set boundaries, and create healthy financial habits. You can secure your free place here.