Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year, is coming up this month. January can feel like one of the dreariest months of the year – and it all peaks on Blue Monday.
When is Blue Monday?
Blue Monday usually falls on the third Monday of January every year. This year it takes place on Monday, January 15.
Blue Monday can also fall on the second or fourth Monday. The first Blue Monday fell 13 years ago, on January 24, 2005.
What is Blue Monday?
Blue Monday is known as the most depressing day of the year.
This is due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and being left with unpaid credit card bills.
The concept was originally conceived by Dr Cliff Arnall and distributed by the PR company Sky Travel, and has now become an annual event.
The gloomiest day of the year was calculated with a mathematical formula.
The date is claimed to have been calculated using an equation.
The factors considered are the weather, debt level, the amount of time since Christmas, time since failing new year’s resolutions, low motivation levels and feeling the need to take charge of a situation.
Mental health charity Mind has criticised the notion of Blue Monday, claiming it has no foundation in scientific research.
Its website says: “Here at Mind, we think it’s dangerously misleading.
“Those of us who live with depression know that those feelings aren’t dictated by the date."