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The third Monday in January is supposedly the gloomiest day of the year as people come down from holiday-highs and look towards the distant light of summer.
Years ago, a researcher, who worked as a tutor at Cardiff University, came up with a mathematical equation that determined the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year, according to the International Business Times.
Isabella Goldie, director of development and delivery at the London-based Mental Health Foundation, said in a blog post that “Blue Monday” isn’t a real thing.
“'Blue Monday' – a calculation based on factors such as weather conditions, debt levels, time since Christmas and time since failing our new year’s resolutions – was created in 2005 to sell summer holidays,” she said in a blog post. “Since then it has become a yearly PR event and primarily a device to promote and sell things, often tenuously linked, to improving our well-being.”
Goldie said it’s vital to differentiate between feeling sad or gloomy for a day and real mental illness. So, yeah you might be reeling from the holidays and feeling a little down, but Blue Monday is not the most depressing day of the year, she said.
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