• Jace Shoemaker-Galloway

Happy Blue Monday: The Most Depressing Day of the Year

Feelin’ a little blue today? You’re not alone. Depending on the source, the third or last Monday in January is Blue Monday, one of the most depressing days of the year.

And it's no wonder. Between the end of another hectic holiday season and the reality of how to pay for all those gifts, the newness of those New Year’s resolutions quickly fading and those winter blues setting in, it’s no wonder even the cheeriest of souls are down in the dumps. Add a high unemployment rate and a failing economy, today is just as good a day as any to stay in bed with the covers over your head!

In 2005, psychologist and life coach Dr. Cliff Arnall, determined the most depressing day of the year falls on the last Monday of the last full week in January. He used seven variables including the weather, salary, low motivational levels and debt to determine the actual date. And for the record, Arnall also calculated the happiest day of the year as well, which occurs in June!

Although you may feel like hibernating, don't. Stay social. Keeping a regular schedule and massage can also help. And if you can, why not take a trip to somewhere warm and sunny? Please seek professional help if necessary.