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Blue Monday- The 'science' behind it and how to beat it

Blue Monday- The 'science' behind it and how to beat it

tired and sad mum
The 18th  January is upon us. Brace yourself, it’s now known as Blue Monday, the third Monday of January – branded “the most depressing day of the year”. It’s a day that’s said to be the day when we are all at our most melancholy.That’s according to the psychologist Dr Cliff Arnall.
In 2005 a television publicist persuaded him to create a “scientific formula” that looked so spectacularly super science- like!
It was: [W+(D-d)]xTQ/MxNA – where W is weather, D is debt, d monthly salary, T time since Christmas, Q time since failure of attempt to give something up, M low motivational level and NA the need to take action.
11 years on ‘Blue Monday’ is now an unstoppable PR juggernaut promoting everything in sight you could be forgiven for asking whether it is really possible to measure happiness?
Our opinion?
You’re in control here. You can choose either to believe that today will be grim and depressing - and that’s what you’ll look out for, so that’s what you’ll find - or you can choose to believe it will be a nice day, in which case you’ll more likely to notice the high points.
We could look for some of our own made-up-science-y stuff - but there’s no need. Instead here’s some tips to help in case the day is getting the better of you:
  • See the light. Natural light helps stabilise serotonin and triggers endorphin, both mood-boosting hormones. Try to get outside for at least ten minutes today.
  • Take some exercise. Anything at all—walking, jogging or swimming- they all boost endorphins, and will leave you feeling calmer and happier.
  • Smile. When you smile, you release a feel-good chemicals in your brain. Your body relaxes, and blood pressure may be lowered. Smiling catches on! Try it today by smiling at others and see if they smile back (it might help them too!)
  • Be grateful for what you have. It will help you to feel more energetic and optimistic. Make a list of things you’re grateful for. There is always someone worse off than you.