What Exactly is Blue Monday?

The winter months can be hard for people with mental health issues, especially depression. Lack of sunlight, cold weather, and increased stress can aggravate existing mental health issues. One day out of the year is reportedly worse than others though, and that day is called Blue Monday.

What is Blue Monday?

Blue Monday refers to 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 legitimate, the message the day has taken on is.

How is the day calculated?

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.” Factors include weather conditions, levels of financial debt, how much time has elapsed since Christmas, the failing of New Year’s resolution, motivation levels, and the amount of time spent sleeping, among others. The equation doesn’t make mathematical sense, so don’t pay much attention to the science behind it.

What does it all mean?

Even though the science behind Blue Monday is false, the idea of one day more depressing than the rest has captured the imagine of many. Due to its popularity, Blue Monday has now been rebranded into a mental health awareness day. Any day that celebrates mental health and raises awareness about it is good in our books!

How is Blue Monday celebrated?

Many people have transformed this day of pseudoscience into one of mental health awareness. People acknowledge the day by 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!

If you are struggling with depression, the first step to improving your mental health is to speak to a professional. At Raul J. Rodriguez, MD & Associates, we have many different treatment options available to help you feel better, from group or individual counseling, medication, talk therapy, and a wide array of holistic services. You don’t need to struggle alone. Contact our  mental health center today, conveniently located in Delray Beach.

Dr. Raul J. Rodriguez

Dr. Raul Rodriguez

DABPN, DABAM, MRO