This year, Blue Monday falls on 20th January and is said to be the most depressing day of the year, but this “day of depression” was developed by a psychologist called Cliff Arnall for Sky Travel.
Since his initial claim Arnall has urged Brits to “refute the whole notion” of Blue Monday and that “the formula is nothing more than pseudoscience”.
So where does that leave us?
Do we buy into the advertising and PR hype and book that holiday, spa treatment to make us feel better?
What if the sun actually shines on the 20th and you’re having a great day? Will you then feel guilty for not being miserable? Then BAM! We have a self-fulfilling prophecy – now we’re miserable, right?
What if you are struggling with depression or seasonal affective disorder and you are having a bad day on the 20th, will your experience be minimised by this?
The fact is that 1 in 6 of us will experience depression in our life time, which often has seismic effects on our lives. Taking care of yourself one day of the year is not going to alleviate your distress.
We need to adopt the same non-judgemental consistent approach as we do for our physical health. We know that fads and extreme diets simply don’t work and it’s about taking time to understand how our body responds to diet, exercise that improves our physical health.
Maintaining your mental health is just as individualised. One way for all does not work, so take the time to find out what works for you. Maybe more than 30 minutes of social media activity a day isn’t okay for you? Maybe drinking in the week isn’t okay for you
These are little changes we can all make that won’t feel like the usually unrealistic New Year’s resolutions most of us have broken by the end of January.