Blue Monday is the saddest holiday in January. It is celebrated every third Monday in January. In 2023, it falls on the 15th. There is a strong opinion that this day is the most dull and sad. Why is that? Let’s talk about it below.
The history of Blue Monday dates back to 2005. Then, at one PR campaign of the Sky Travel travel company, the formula of psychologist Cliff Arnall was presented. A day has been bred when people are in the worst mood and feel down and sad.
When developing the formula, the psychologist took into account the average annual indicators of atmospheric pressure, precipitation, temperature, the financial condition of people after the holidays, and many others. As a result, he came to the conclusion that most people feel worst on the third Monday of January. This version was not accepted by most scientists. Arnall’s colleague stated that a one-day depression is impossible.
The logic and correctness of the statement were not paid attention to, and pharmaceutical companies actively promoted various drugs that improve mood and give energy that day.
Arnall later admitted that this was a mistake and apologized to his audience and patients. However, the ratio of bad mood and sadness with the term Blue Monday has been preserved.
- When in a bad mood, you should not immediately resort to medications. Go for a walk, get together with friends, find some fun. Then you will definitely feel better and more cheerful.
- Approximately 3% of the American population suffers from SAD. This syndrome is characterized by depressed mood during a certain season of the year.
- If your mood changes a lot in a certain season, try changing your daily routine, start taking vitamins.
How to celebrate
No matter what mood you are on Blue Monday, dedicate this day to self-development or entertainment. You should not be embarrassed by such a sad description of the holiday. Gather with family or friends, go to the cinema, water park, etc.
Pay attention to the fulfillment of your goals on this day. Start exercising or give up bad habits. Any decision that will improve your mood and make you feel better is a great way to celebrate Blue Monday.
When is Blue Monday celebrated in 2024?
Blue Monday is observed on the third Monday in January each year.