Apart from being a brilliant 80s track, Blue Monday is apparently the most depressing day of the year! The term was first coined in 2005 by a tutor at Cardiff University, making this year its 10th anniversary. It always falls on the Monday of the last full week of January, so Monday the 19th is 2015’s official date.
One mental health charity put together the following equation to explain why people might feel more depressed on this day:
Basically, it combines all the factors that could lead to people feeling down on Blue Monday:
- W – weather
- d – debt
- T – time since Christmas
- Q – failing our New Year’s resolutions
- M – low motivation
- N – feeling the need to take action
- D – not defined
Many scientists claim that the equation is absolute nonsense, but it’s certainly true that many people will suffer because of one or more of factors in the equation, especially the weather!
How can you beat Blue Monday?
By treating yourself! Instead of succumbing to the January blues, use Blue Monday as the one day of the year where you go crazy and treat yourself to something special. Whether it’s something small or something large, a treat will go a long way to lifting your mood and keeping the symptoms of Blue Monday at bay.
Treat yourself to:A Spa Day
Whether you go on your own or take a friend with you, a day at the spa is the perfect way to unwind and enjoy a spot of pampering. We offer a huge range of spa vouchers at many locations across the country.
A Weekend Break
Fancy a trip to one of the UK’s most historic cities? Or maybe even a romantic getaway to Paris? Then take a look at our choice of weekend breaks and days out
Plan a Summer Holiday
There really is no better way to beat the winter blues than by looking head and planning a summer holiday! Whether you’re planning to stay in the UK or go somewhere exotic, we have everything you need to make your holiday special, from suitcases and holiday clothes to iPods and cameras. Browse our luggage range
Get a New Outfit
We always feel our best when we look our best, so treating yourself to a new look could be the best way to keep your spirits up. Whether you’re looking for something to keep warm over winter or a party outfit for summer, we’ve got it all at 24studio.
Why not use Blue Monday to go absolutely crazy and get that gadget you’ve always wanted? Whether you’d like a new iPad, a 3D television or a brand new phone, we’ve got it all at 24studio. Take a look at our electricals range for more extravagant treats:
And if you need even more ideas, then check out this clip on ‘Treating Yo’ Self’ from Parks and Recreation (my favourite comedy show).