What Is Blue Monday?

If you’re struggling with your mental health please call:

Samaritans: 116 123 (24 Hours)

SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm – 10:30pm)

National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK: 0800 689 5652 (6:00pm – 3:30pm)

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): 0800 58 58 58 (5:00pm – 12:00am)

Blue Monday was first coined by Sky Travel back in 2005 as a way of being able to sell more summer holidays, however since then, people have identified this day as the most depressing day of the year. Whether it be because the weather is still so cold, that all the Winter holidays are now done or dusted, our wallets are lighter because of the holiday shopping or because a large portion of us have already given up on our New Year’s Resolutions, ‘Blue Monday’ is a day that nobody is looking forward to.

Some people argue however that Blue Monday isn’t real but merely a PR stunt that a large portion of the public have bought into over the past 18 years. During this month, companies use the term ‘Blue Monday’ to sell their products, treatments and trips as a way of curing our ‘Blue Monday’ blues. Some believe this is companies taking advantage of people’s struggles with mental health by manipulating vulnerable people into spending money.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a scientifically proven disorder where people feel depressed during the Winter months, however scientists are quick to prove that claiming ONE day as the most depressing day of the year can’t be true.

Whether you believe if Blue Monday is a real day or not, it’s important in the New Year to try and look after yourself and loved ones mentally and physically, now more than ever with the issues we’re all having home and abroad. Please if you’re struggling with your mental health, there are numerous numbers you can call, which you can find at the top of the page.

Everyone’s situation is different, and there isn’t a quick fix if you’re feeling down, however some tips that could potentially help:

  • Physical Activity: Even if it’s for 10 minutes, try and go out on a walk and soak in some fresh air.
  • Eat Well: Ensure you are eating enough food, it can become easy to skip meals if you’re feeling depressed.
  • Spend Time With Others: Try and arrange to meet with someone, just for a little chat about anything, it’s important to have human contact.
  • Try and get some natural light.
  • Keep Your Brain Busy: Reading a book, word games or doing an activity can help stimulate your brain.


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