‘Blue Monday’ is the Most Depressing Day of the Year, Research Shows

If you’re feeling gloomy today you’re definitely not the only one – according to researches ‘Blue Monday’ is the most depressing day of 2012.

This year, Monday, Jan. 16, has been named 'Blue Monday,' but is today really the most depressing day of the year?! Photo: John7950/Flickr

The third Monday of January has got such a gloomy title because of a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills.

According to the research, the point is not that it’s not the actual day that gets people down and makes them feel gloomy but just the shorter days and shortage of sunlight we have in January and throughout the winter months, says the Mental Health.

What is more, people will be hit with the credit card bills from their Christmas spending. And finally, the next bank holiday is not until 6 April. Oh, and families are warned to expect a 2012 “squeeze”, the Independent reports.

The University of Exeter and office environment consultancy Ambius estimate the associated ‘workplace malaise’ makes businesses to lose about £93 billion because of low productivity.

Besides, the study showed respondents twice as many people were likely to pull a sicky in winter compared to summer and 7 per cent of respondents felt less productive in winter, says the Metro.

Kenneth Freeman, international technical director for Ambius, said: “This year is going to be pretty tough. Staff well being and engagement is therefore vital to help businesses through these difficult trading conditions.”

The results of the research were counted by a special mathematical formula.

Weather (W), debt (d), the time since Christmas (T), time since failing our New Year’s resolutions (Q), love motivation levels (M) and the need to take action (N) are all factored into the equation.

As Tim Wade, head of marketing at Best Western Hotels (which carried out the survey), noticed there are plenty of ways out for those who are feeling down.

“Hearing a partner say ‘I love you’ is more than enough to snap us out of it,” he said.

Lumie, a company specializing in the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder with light therapy suggested possible solutions to help beat the blues, says the Mirror.

First of all, you should go for a walk once a day and try to get as much natural daylight as possible. Secondly, while working try to sit next to a window as this will help expose your body to the daily light levels it needs each day.

One piece of advice, provided by the organization, is to book a winter holiday somewhere to have a good rest and to enjoy yourselves.

Jonathan Cridland, Lumie CEO, exlained: “January can often feel like a struggle. Not only are we returning back to work after holiday, but we are also coping with the after-effects of Christmas. Tie this together with the dark winter days and lack of available light we receive and it’s no surprise that we are feeling low.”

Charity founder Eugenie Teasley said: “One of the simplest ways to lift your spirits is to do something for someone else. By baking and sharing with friends, family or colleagues, you can spread a little cheer and bolster your own mood too.”

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