If you feel very depressed later in the month, don’t worry because a day in January is actually considered the most depressing day of the year.
Nicknamed “Blue Monday,” the third Monday in January is said to be when people feel the most depressed each year.
In 2022, that falls on January 17 – which is the following Monday.
The concept was first widely publicized in a campaign by holiday company Sky Travel in 2005, which claimed to have calculated the date using an equation.
For those who don’t think Blue Monday is just a marketing gimmick, it’s a time when people need a boost because the festive season is well and truly over, the bills have arrived. and there are still a few weeks until payday. .
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Other factors may be that the weather isn’t great and New Year’s resolutions might already be a thing of the past.
The Samaritans are determined to turn Blue Monday into Brew Monday, giving people a cup of tea.
The association wants to make today a positive day.
They said the volunteers would get people to “connect over a warming cup of tea”. It’s also an opportunity to raise money for the Samaritans so people in trouble can have someone to turn to when they need to talk.
According to Lisa Fernihough, head of financial services consultancy KPMG UK, a person’s mood on Blue Monday could be worsened by the possibility of them falling into the red financially.
Trying to cope with debt and loans will be the biggest expense for 14% of the UK in January, according to a KPMG study of 2,000 adults.
Ms Fernihough said: ‘More than half of UK consumers are forced to rely on extra cash to stay afloat during the month, which is sure to put a huge strain on people on a daily basis.
“On Blue Monday, many will no doubt feel a long way from their last pay day before Christmas and the next – which can really be a challenge.
“There’s no magic bullet to improving people’s finances – but it’s clear that income, lifestyle or financial literacy are nowhere near where they need to be.”