The winter months can be hard for people with mental health issues, especially depression. Lack of sunlight, cold weather, and increased stresses can aggravate mental health issues. One day out of the year is reportedly worse than others though, and that day is called Blue Monday.
Blue Monday is the name given to the third Monday of the month of January, which is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. Sometimes the date falls on the second or fourth Monday of January.
The concept began back in 2005 when Sky Travel claimed to have calculated it based on an equation taking into account weather conditions. However, it’s important to note that this idea is pseudoscience. All scientists agree that the science behind the day is nonsensical.
However, while the data behind the day isn’t real, the message the day has taken on is.
The exact day of Blue Monday changes every year based on a formula. Many factors are included in calculating the “most depressing day of the year.” Thing such as weather conditions, debt level, time since Christmas, time since failing New Year’s resolution, motivation levels, cultural activities, relaxing, time sleeping etc. are included. The equation doesn’t make mathematical sense, so don’t pay much attention to the science behind it.
Even though the science behind Blue Monday is false, the message that has been adopted for the day is a good one. Blue Monday has now been branded into a mental health awareness day. Any day that celebrates mental health and raises awareness about it is good in our books!
Many people have transformed this day of pseudoscience into one of mental health awareness. People are sharing tips on how to improve mental health, offering support, and raising awareness. The best way to celebrate Blue Monday is to take care of your mental health and reach out to those who may be struggling!