Feeling down? Blame it on Blue Monday: Today is the day we feel at our lowest ebb
How are you feeling today? Chances are, not that great...
Because this morning you woke up on what has come to be known as ‘Blue Monday’ - the day of the year on which most of us feel at our lowest ebb.
There is indeed not much going for the third Monday of the year.
If you struggled with travel chaos this chilly morning, that will only have added to the woes that come from feeling poorer after an expensive Christmas and minimal hours of daylight.
Added to failed New Year’s resolutions, a general drop in motivation, and the summer far away in the future, you could be forgiven for not wanting to get out of bed at all.
On the plus side, we are likely to be in better form tomorrow.
But for the 24 hours of Blue Monday we will just have to grit our teeth and have an early night.
A report suggests that a major reason for a drop in motivation comes from the continued winter darkness after the brief highlights of Christmas and New year.
A survey by Anglian Home Improvements into the impact of reduced daylight over the winter months found that the vast majority of us feel it has a negative impact on our wellbeing.
Their report claims 79 per cent of us feel that limited hours of daylight has a negative effect on our mood.
A spokesman for the company which quizzed 2,000 respondents said: ‘The survey shows a clear link between natural daylight, mood and motivation.
‘It’s encouraging to learn that little changes, like making sure you sit near a window or somewhere with as much natural light as possible, can make a big difference to how we feel and cope with winter.’ It has been suggested that the concept of ‘Blue Monday’ was based on junk science drummed up by a travel company as a clever ploy to have us booking holidays to sunnier climes.
It is thought the date was picked out by psychologist Cliff Arnall after he came up with a scientific formula based on the length of time until next Christmas, holiday debt and the likelihood of giving up New Year’s resolutions.
“What do you think is today the worst day of the year” says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.