1 we do a massive U-turn and decide it’s a miserable, depressing, horrible month. Weird, isn’t it?
You can’t escape it, January can be depressing. It’s cold, dank, dark and there are no Christmas festivities bubbling up on the horizon. For many of us it’s simply a reminder that there’s another year ahead to slog through. This coming Monday, January 15, is officially the most depressing day of the year. Dubbed Blue Monday, it’s the day when a perfect storm of things that get us down come together – poor weather, credit card demands laden with Christmas debt, a lengthy wait until the next bank holiday and a general lack of energy and motivation. That’s another bizarre thing about this month: the year has barely begun and yet here we are, labelling one day.
remaining more dismal, than the second Monday of the year? Blue Monday is not an extensively-researched and proven phenomena. The term was coined by psychologist, Cliff Arnall, in 2004, when UK travel company, Sky Travel, asked him for a ‘scientific formula’ for the January blues. Any sensible person would dismiss it as a load of codswallop invented for a travel firm to sell more holidays. Let’s face it, Mondays are nobody’s favourite day of the week. In 2022 Guinness World Records officially declared Monday as the most hated day of the week. Sundays are always ruined by the prospect of Monday. So why should the third Monday in January be any worse than all the others?
If we believe all this we will be miserable throughout the whole of the month. Is this what we want? Maybe we should ignore the naysayers and think of January as a new beginning, 31 days during which we pledge to face last year’s problems with a steely determination to solve them and put them behind us. Instead of being steeped in misery we should try and face each day with a spring in our step: do things that make us feel good – go for a walk, go for a coffee with friends, cook a meal you’ve never made before. Of course, when you’re back at work after the festive break there’s little time for relaxation, but try at least one every day – even a 15-minute walk in the fresh air can.
– go for a walk, go for a coffee with friends, cook a meal you’ve never made before. Of course, when you’re back at work after the festive break there’s little time for relaxation, but try at least one every day – even a 15-minute walk in the fresh air can make you feel more. For me, this much-maligned month really is associated with beginning. On January 31, 63 years ago, I was born. For me it should be a month of joy, with my birthday at the end. My much-missed mum and dad were also born in January, so, for most of my life, we had three family birthdays to.
It’s hard to shake off the gloom. Then again, bear in mind that every day of January brings a couple more minutes of daylight. That’s more than an hour across the month. All things considered, maybe it’s not so bad, after all.