I don’t know if you’ve heard about this before but scientists reckon* that they know what the most depressing day of the year is and I have some bad news -it’s almost here. This phenomenon is called ‘Blue Monday’ and takes place on the third Monday in January, which means that in 2018 it’s the 15thof January. Sorry.
Originally published by a travel company, they calculated the day by using a mathematical equation. The formula takes into account weather conditions, debt* level, how long it’s been since Christmas, the fact that you’ve probably already given up on your new year’s resolutions and your overall low motivational levels. All this is combined in an appropriately interesting looking equation that looks like this:
Now I could go through what each letter represents (such as w=weather) and let you do your own calculations to see if it adds up but unfortunately, as scientific as it seems, this is all just nonsense. There is no way to accurately calculate the day that most people in the world are depressed. It’s nothing more than an advertising company chancing their arm*, trying to sell holidays to people. News, which I must admit, I found a bit depressing.
That being said, although this definitely isn’t a scientific fact, there may still be a shred* of truth to it. If you do find that the Christmas cheer has left you, and you’re feeling a bit low, how do you pick yourself up?* What can you do to get you through* the remaining dark days until spring comes?
The first thing you can do is buy a new lamp. Well, not a lamp but a bulb. Every year in the UK and Ireland people are affected by something called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Over there, at this time of the year it begins to get dark at around four o’clock. There’s just so little natural light that people feel begin to feel very low. To help combat this, you can buy a special type of bulb that provides a similar level of lighting to daylight. So, while you’re back in the office, catching up on the mountain of emails that somehow built up when you were away, you can turn on your lamp beside you and, pretend you’re in the Bahamas…sort of.
The next thing you can do might seem very obvious and yet studies show that as many as 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough of it. Sleep! At some point in the day, the time comes when you have to turn off your light-simulating bulb lamp and lie down in bed. Getting into a proper sleep routine can help your general mood a lot. That means turning off the TV, putting your phone on the other side of the room and simply closing your eyes.
But no amount of sleep and light can take away from the fact that the Christmas period has been an expensive one. Between presents, extra food and having more free time the amount of money you’ve spent recently can get quite high. In Britain this year 16% of the population found themselves in Christmas debt. For many people, especially in the UK and Ireland, the pressure of the consumerist culture alongside a wish to provide a magical Christmas period can have very bad financial consequences. The best thing to do is to find someone who can give you advice not only to get out of debt but also to help you plan for next year, so you can avoid making the same mistake again.
There are many steps you can take to help you perk up* at this time of year -these are just a few. All it takes is a little determination and positive thinking, As for me, I’ll probably stay up late, stare at my badly lit computer screen and get further into debt by booking a holiday for next summer. At least then I’ll have something to look forward to.
- To be blue: to feel sad
- Reckon: think/suppose
- Debt: Money you owe
- Chance your arm: to do something although it may be unsuccessful
- A shred of truth: a little bit of truth
- Pick yourself up: feel better
- Get through: survive
- Perk up: feel a little better