The celebrations of December have officially come to an end, and Blue Monday has arrived.
It’s the 3rd Monday of the year, which for 2024 falls on Monday 15th. This day has been labeled the most depressing day of the year.
It’s freezing cold, and it’s wet, theres the pressure to succeed in your new years resolutions, and a long long wait until payday. I’m not surprised that many people can feel drained.
But it’s also true that there are no statistics to back up any health claims about Blue Monday and the relevance of the third Monday in January. In fact, I’ve just read that it was a day made up by the Travel industry to push holiday purchases!
Seasonal changes have long been linked to depression. One thing we do know is that Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or the ‘Winter Blues’ is a very real thing.
So what can be done to help minimise the impact of Blue Monday?
Make sure to take care of yourself and protect your mental health.
Be realistic. Let’s be honest, is there any real way to work out that this is the most depressing day of the year?
Remember that this is a Monday like any other Monday, the same as the ones before and the ones that come after it. It’s 24 hours that will soon be gone.
Remember you’re not alone. Speak to your friends and family to lift each other’s spirits. The saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ is true when it comes to mental health.
However you decide to spend the day, and the ones that follow, remember to look after yourself and prioritise your health and wellbeing.