The term ‘Blue Monday’ was coined by psychologist Cliff Arnall in 2004. It falls on the third Monday in January every year and is supposedly the most depressing day of the year. It’s based on the idea that Christmas and New Year’s celebrations are over, it’s cold outside, the days are short, and people are often low on funds after Christmas. However, it’s important to remember that Blue Monday isn’t scientifically proven. In fact, Cliff Arnall gave the name to the day in a press release from UK travel company, Sky Travel, proving that it’s a made-up concept to drive up holiday bookings. However, if you are feeling slightly blue at this time of year, here are some tips to conquer it.
The start of a new year brings with it so many exciting things to look forward to. That may mean a new work venture, a new goal that you are working towards, upcoming birthdays, weddings and other celebrations. Alternatively, book something that you can look forward to. You don’t need to fall into the trap of booking a pricy holiday to beat the blues. How about booking a meal out with friends or family at a restaurant that you have been wanting to go to? Another great idea suggested by mental health charity Samaritans is turning Blue Monday into Brew Monday. Book a date with a friend to go for a coffee or arrange a chat with family and friends over a virtual cup of tea.
A new study has found that two-thirds of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions within a month. If this is the case for you, don’t be so hard on yourself. There is no reason why you can’t pick back up where you started. Overindulged when you were supposed to be eating healthier? Make a healthy dinner tonight or start again tomorrow. Haven’t done your daily work out you said you would do? Get up right now and do a quick five-minute workout routine or go for a walk! On the 22nd of January, we will be hosting a ‘walk and talk’ up Skirrid Mountain. This is the perfect opportunity for you to get back into the swing of things and engage in some exercise as well as connect with like-minded members of our community.
It’s important to be realistic with your goals and resolutions. Do the best you can and take it one day at a time. Also, don’t forget to reward yourself for the small wins. You can do this!
Blue Monday is partially based on the idea that many people are in debt or low on money after Christmas and all the associated festive celebrations. However, don’t despair - this is a great opportunity for you to get your finances in order. Take an hour out of your day to create a financial plan and budget so that you feel more in control. Check out our directory on the See No Bounds website where we have some highly knowledgeable financial advisors that can help you with this.
Do not fall into the trap of believing that just because its Blue Monday, you have to feel low. In fact, the psychologist that coined the term said in 2018 that it was “never his intention to make the day sound negative”, but rather “to inspire people to take action and make bold life decisions”. However, if you are struggling with your mental health, do not hesitate to reach out to friends, family, or your GP.