Apparently today is Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year. Personally I was pleased to wake up and see it wasn’t raining again, but it would seem that’s not enough. Let’s leave to one side the fact that Blue Monday was originally a publicity campaign by Sky Travel to encourage us all to book holidays, it is now an occasion for retailers to tempt us with winter-banishing, feel-good products.
Rubbished by scientists as ‘farcical’, the third Monday of January has been earmarked based on a calculation taking into consideration the weather conditions, debt level, time since Christmas, time since starting/failing New Year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action. Other sources contradict this, citing August or November as months where depression is higher. Either way, the positive to come out of this gloomy prediction is the numerous websites dedicated to buoying our mood, with suggestions from playing with your pet for 30 minutes to wearing bright clothing and getting enough sleep.
Failing that, we’ve got some great products on www.stuff-off.com to beat the winter blues!!