And not just because of the extreme cold temps is it dubbed Blue Monday today. Blue Monday is generally reported as falling on the third Monday in January, but can also fall on the second or fourth Monday, or even the Monday of the last week of January. The first one was January 24 in 2005.
So what exactly is Blue Monday? It is calculated using a series of factors in a (not particularly scientific) mathematical formula. The factors are: the weather, debt level (specifically, the difference between debt and our ability to pay), the amount of time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and the feeling of a need to take charge of the situation. It was originally conceived by a PR company but has now become an annual event.
So what can you do about Blue Monday? Exercise, starting an activity you’ve wanted to do for ages and enjoying time with friends and family all help to banish the winter blues. Plus you can watch some pick me up movies like Up!, When Harry Met Sally, Mary Poppins and Rocky to name a few.
Above all, just remember its one day, take it one step at a time and together we can make it.