Blue Monday January 6 the Most Depressing Day of the Year

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Feeling glum this Blue Monday morning? Of course, this is beyond the aspect of the frigid cold hitting a major portion of the Midwest and states along the east coast. January 6 is labeled the most depressing day of the year – it just so happens, it falls on a Monday this year which only continues to make this day of the week, the worst for many.

Researchers review and analyze tweets over the previous three years, which accumulates to an an impressive two million admissions of guilt, higher drinking percentages and the lost of the New Year’s resolution buzz. A study from Divorce Depot shows over 1.8 million couples argue and consider divorce post-holidays. That oh-so-good feeling, basically loses its novelty. If that is not depressing enough, dating sites that promote extra-marital affairs see a rise of over 25 percent of new users.

The psychological woes continue to build on this Blue Monday. Millions of individuals around the country are returning back to work, facing the grim analysis of a full work week. This jolt of being at work resonates for many who start becoming depressed over the amount of money spent over the holidays. January 6 is the most depressing day of the year, because it may also see an end to the novelty of one’s New Year’s resolutions.

If divorce, returned gifts, going back to work and losing the resolve of a resolution is not bad enough – the weather can certainly add glum to the day. Millions of residents across the country are seeing arctic temperatures dipping into the arena of -15 below zero and some states reporting as low as -40 below zero. The concept of this Blue Monday is becoming more believable to those facing the frigid weather as they head back to work.

Cliff Arnall, a former tutor for Cardiff University dubbed the depressing day phrase in 2005. Many experts in the science community, including Dean Burnett, a neuroscientist who also formerly worked at Cardiff University, called Arnall’s formula pure nonsense. It seems mood experts agree with Arnall and have continued to formulate their analysis on an annual basis. Many also attribute the concept of Blue Monday from the airline Sky Travel who used it in previous advertising publications.

While many may refute the findings from mood experts, there is certainly some truth to this study for the millions who already groan on Monday mornings. Legal experts have also offered their analysis of January 6 by calling it Divorce Monday. Charity Relate states it is the busiest time of the year for counselors to be contacted to save a marriage or another relationship.

Prior to losing one’s temper or feeling horribly frustrated, keep this date in mind, take a deep breath and proceed to the next level of calm. Avoid over-consumption of alcohol as well, as January 6 peaks as one the highest days of drinking. It seems to be a mixed bag of trouble, issues and depression.

To appease the weary Blue Monday participants, look forward to the happiest days of the years. Mood experts state Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day and the first day of summer brings smiles and happiness increases. As the snow piles on the ground and this Blue Monday starts and slowly comes to an end, be sure to increase serotonin levels by getting in a great workout or enveloping in a hobby that brings laughs and smiles. January 6, today known as Blue Monday, is the most depressing day of the year. Handling it well? Have advice to share? Note in the comments.


Angelina Bouc

The Herald






11 Responses to "Blue Monday January 6 the Most Depressing Day of the Year"

  1. Patrick   October 17, 2014 at 4:50 am

    this is my birthday

  2. Brian   January 7, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Wow, i thought I was the only one! i have been exceedingly giddy lately, having just moved to a new area, but yesterday was awful, partly because I unrealistically expected to hear back immediately about some jobs I’d applied for. This article was comforting, thanks!

  3. janpattersonrn   January 6, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    What if you’re not on the [which is it? Julian or Gregorian? I can never remember] Western European calendar? What if you’re not in the Northern Hemisphere? What if you work nights and sleep days? What if you don’t watch tv aren’t on the same wavelength as advertising and talk shows? What if you start your Christmas celebration on the 24th and go up through the Feast of the Epiphany?

    If I don’t get a good “click” to starting the new year on Jan 1 [since I AM in the Northern Hemisphere AND on the Western Calendar] I just keep starting the year over [emotionally] on every feast day, celebration day, and marking day [so Chinese New Year, Spring Solstice, etc. etc.] until one of ’em feels like I’ve got a good grip on “the year”, and then I finish out the calendar year from there. On my line of work [nursing care of medically fragile children] any day you get from the beginning to the end of is a damn fine day.

  4. mrs elroy   January 6, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    2 hour workout (which I did not make it through without brursting into tears), clonazepam and a loooong nap, mindless video games till bedtime. My family can be impossible to deal with at times.

  5. James Fenner   January 6, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Awesome article, Lina!

    • Angelina Bouc   January 6, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Thanks for the comment James. It was an interesting subject on seemingly the perfect day for it

  6. Jo   January 6, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I love the days after the Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day commercial blitz. Every day forward is one more step to Spring.

  7. Carl Winslow   January 6, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Further reading: ‘The most depressing day of the year’ is a myth that has no basis in science”

    • Angelina Bouc   January 6, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Correct, mood experts analyze the day. Many in the science community, as mentioned in the article, have decried the analysis. Thanks for the comment.

  8. Juana Poareo   January 6, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Just plow through it–Monday will eventually lead to Tuesday. 🙂 Now, this only applies if it’s typical blues.
    Terrific article, Lina! 🙂

    • Angelina Bouc   January 6, 2014 at 7:53 am

      Thank you for the comment, Juana 🙂 Indeed, it means sleep the day away and wake up to Terrific Tuesday


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