Why Blue Monday Doesn’t Make Any Sense

With the festive period now over and our wallets probably a touch lighter due to Christmas debt, it’s understandable to feel slightly down around this time.

In fact, we’re rapidly approaching Blue Monday – a date regarded as the most depressing day of the year. This year, it falls on January 20th and is calculated from a combination of factors such as the weather, low-motivation, and debt levels.

Hold up, how can one day be more depressing than others?

Here’s the thing about depression – those who live with it know it’s generally not impacted by the date. Furthermore, depression is not just about feeling ‘blue’ or ‘being a bit down’, it is something which can be life-threatening.

The calculations for Blue Monday are somewhat suspect as well and regarded by many as being a pseudoscience. It appears the term ‘Blue Monday’ was originally coined by a PR company as a means to sell holidays. If the motives are accurate, then it can be argued that Blue Monday was one company’s way of persuading people to take care of themselves – during a created depressive time – by treating themselves to a break away.

Therefore, Blue Monday might just trivialise the matter of depression entirely – which does nothing to help normalise the issue.

Does Blue Monday have a point?

Although now an annual event, Blue Monday does help to open the conversation about depression. The Samaritans, for example, have created a series of events called ‘Brew Monday’ aimed around encouraging people to have a cuppa and a chat.

At the very least, it creates an opportunity for people to discuss how they handle their depression. Whether through exercise, spending time with family and friends, or just watching a funny movie, it’s important to realise that – if you’re suffering from this condition – you are certainly not alone.

Personally, I always turned to my cat. Named Simba, I’ve always enjoyed spending quality time with him to remind me of the good things in life:

Debts causing depression? Talk to our Samaritan-trained advisors

Although Blue Monday may be a somewhat scientifically-questionable event, it at least demonstrates how debt – not limited to just post-Christmas – can have a detrimental effect on our wellbeing. It’s for this reason that our advisors have received Samaritan-training to better understand just what debt can do to us.

If you’ve been struggling with feelings of depression, you may wish to discuss these with your GP, a loved one, or obtain advice through a specialist organisation, such as Mind. However, if you feel your debts are a cause of your worries, then it’s time to get in touch with us.

We’ve helped 15,000+ people in the UK start their journey towards financial freedom and we could assist you in finding your ideal debt solution.

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