Monday 23 April 2018

Feeling blue? Well, it is the worst day of the year

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Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Today is apparently the most depressing day of the year.

Blue Monday was initiated as a publicity campaign by travel agents Sky Travel to sell last-minute holidays in 2005.

It reportedly discovered a "perfect storm" of factors which make the third Monday in January so depressing.

Gloomy weather, debt from over-indulgence at Christmas, broken new year's resolutions and a return to the daily grind at work are all factors that reportedly conspire to make today more of a slog than the other 364 days of the year.

Psychotherapist Tony Moore of Relationships Ireland said January can be a turbulent month for many people faced with mounting debt from Christmas, not to mention fears over Brexit and the inauguration of Donald Trump as American president on Friday.

"From the third week in January to the third week in February we are busy," he said of the counselling service.

"There are a lot of things converging in January to make you want to hide under the covers," he said.

But having an optimistic attitude can help if people see it as a month to start over rather than viewing it as a long replay of a bad or boring year, he said.

Shay Dalton, managing director of Lincoln Recruitment Specialists, said January is the time of year that many lawyers, accountants and other professionals start thinking about switching jobs or careers.

While he doesn't get a flurry of calls from people who have quit their jobs out of frustration on Blue Monday, "January is a time of reflection", he told the Irish Independent.

And it's not just because it's the start of a new year.

Other issues, like people not getting the Christmas bonus they expected or frustration with the upcoming year's budget, for example, could be a trigger, he said.

January is also a month with high levels of divorce and separation rates.

Irish Independent

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