This time around, it falls on the 17th January. But Is there any science behind ‘Blue Monday’ and are there any tips to make it less blue?

 

Upon first glance, one could assume that the Christmas lights, food, gatherings and joy- disappearing, paired with self imposed new years resolutions and the bleak winter weather all culminate into Blue Mondays existence.

The truth is, Blue Monday was devised by Dr. Cliff Arnall, hired by Sky Travel in 2004 as a means to promote their winter deals.

He has since however stated that his hypothesis of: weather, debt, monthly salary, time since Christmas, failing new year’s resolutions and low motivational levels lending to Blue Monday are impossible to quantify.

While the above factors contributed to a formula to try and sell holidays, it is true that they do have the potential to affect our mood. On top of that, we are rapidly approaching 2 years of COVID-19 being present and that has affected us all in some way or another.

Needless to say, while the idea of Blue Monday may not be grounded in science, it is certainly a great call to awareness for mental health and wellbeing that exists all year around.

 

Here are some things that we do at Shire Hall to improve our wellbeing during January:

Be physically active

Studies have proven that walking, gardening, cycling, jogging or dancing for just 30 minutes, 3 times a week can help to reduce anxiety and depression.

Plan trips 

It has been proven that planning and anticipating a trip can almost be as enjoyable as going on the trip itself. A further study found that people are at their happiest when they have a holiday planned! It is a great focus and can help mental wellbeing.

Learn a new skill

Research shows that learning new skills can boost self-confidence and raise self esteem, as well as a new sense of purpose! There are lots of tutorials on youtube for new skills such as drawing or cooking!

Talk about your feelings

Connecting with others is great for mental wellbeing and talking about your feelings is not a sign of weakness. Sometimes we carry a lot around in our own heads and it can really help to speak to somebody who will listen as you can feel supported and not isolated. They may open up to you in return which can be mutually beneficial.

 

We hope you all have a wonderful year!