Is it the Saddest Day of the Year? How to Avoid Blue Monday


Blue Monday began in 2005, when Sky Travel, hired a former professor of Cardiff University named Cliff Arnall. Dr. Arnall created an equation that determined the year’s most depressing day, which seemed to correspond to when people book vacations. The equation demonstrated the third Monday in January is the most depressing of the year because of a combination of elements such as weather conditions, debt level, time since Christmas, time since failing our New Year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action. Using that equation, Sky Travel dubbed January 24, 2005 as the first Blue Monday.

everybody hates me

The news and media markets took off with this information and it continues to buzz through the internet… (Where do you think I found it 😉 I truly though that the MOST depressing day would be today, January 4th, or the first Monday in January. I posted this today, as that is my opinion.

go fuck yourself

Let’s see how I stack up using the equation:

W=weather, D=debt, d=monthly salary, T=time since Christmas, Q=time since failing our New Year’s resolutions, M=low motivational levels, and Na=the feeling of a need to take action.

  • W ~ Weather conditions have been quite grand! We’ve been about 10 degrees above normal. A bit of snow, enough to cover the bland landscape, but nothing on the roads.
  • D ~ My debt level is a non-issue. I’m well in the black.
  • d ~ My salary is intact… for the moment.
  • T ~ I will be returning to work after a 16-day hiatus.
  • Q ~ I don’t make resolutions, however, I will say that I really wished to be farther along doing something else, career wise.
  • M ~ Motivation… Um, what is that?
  • Na ~ To do something other than what I’m doing. This is a fatty for me.
  • X10 ~ I’d also like to add a special variable for me as this is also my birthday week.

I’m no mathematician, however by my calculations, I do truly conclude that today, Monday January 4th is indeed MY saddest day of the year. I also know that after it is over, the rest of the year is usually better.

cow pee on cow

Since the unveiling of the equation, there have been no studies or evidence that have proved any one calendar date is more unhappy than another and the equation no real scientific basis. Opponents have argued that assigning indiscriminate or short-lived causes (such as bills arriving, returning to work or the end of the holiday vacation) to clinical depression could adversely affect how depression is viewed. In essence, depression could be cured by booking a vacation and not a true disease.


I don’t think this means anything of the sort. Although there have been others who have used the phrases ‘Blue Monday’ as a basis for their cause, I don’t think people really believe someone with true depression just has a ‘Case of the Monday’s’, that they can be cured by making more money, more time off or any of these factors in the equation.

How does one get over a Case of the Monday’s or even the Saddest Day of the Year? Here’s some answers I found across our vast internet:

  • Wake-up early and while shaking your fist yell, “Monday, you suck! You really fucking suck.”
  • Have a protein breakfast that will keep you going through the long day.
  • If no eggs are available, put Rumchata in your coffee.
  • Morning sex.
  • Take a long shower.
  • Take some vitamin B, to help keep you spry throughout the day.
  • Keep Monday’s schedule light.
  • Hope for sunny weather.
  • If you can muster it, complimenting others works for some.
  • Realize that it is finally Monday & it will be over soon.
  • Start making plans for Friday.
  • Just be happy you woke-up on this side of the grass…


Please share how you beat your Blue Monday today in the comments!!

Copyright ~ Ilex Farrell

Please do look into professional care if your whole week seems to be row of Mondays.

43 thoughts on “Is it the Saddest Day of the Year? How to Avoid Blue Monday

  1. I don’t have blue-day anything. Since retiring all my days are alike. I often have to ask…what day is this?
    But if today did start off to be a Blue Monday (which it didn’t), after reading your clever funny post I wouldn’t be blue anymore. Loved it!! 🙂


  2. Funny, but I’ve never had a problem with Mondays. I’ve always viewed it as a clean-slate kind of day when nothing new has gone wrong yet. I rarely went into work on a Monday morning feeling dread.
    By Thursday, on the other hand, all the crap of the week has started to stockpile with only one more day in the work week to try and contain the tsunami.

    Happy Monday 🙂


  3. Yup. Retirement is the answer. I started at 54 and now I have no idea what day it is. It doesn’t matter. Happy birthday week to you. Why don’t you try all the ‘cures’.


  4. Happy Birthday Week! I like the idea of “Clean-slate Mondays.” Mondays have never particularly bothered me. Fridays were always the worst in my business. Issues tended to lurk around until Friday afternoon, and then all spring to the surface. That is an awful way to end a week.


  5. Great line (among many):”Just be happy you woke up on this side of the grass.” But, as Midwesterners, let us not forget those who live in the desert Southwest: “Just be happy you live woke up on this side of the sand.”


  6. Loved this post. It was such a hoot. Geoff asked what if your whole month feels like a row of Mondays? I think he’s so far beyond professional help, that he’s been referred to Border Collie power. Bilbo is asleep on his feet. However, he’s not entirely convinced Bilbo isn’t extracting energy instead. The dogs were quite frenetic when he arrived home tonight as both kids are away. xx Rowena

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    • Ouch! 31 Monday’s in a row? Yup. He needs a few ‘Border Collie treatments’! After cuddling with my little Oreo, things do usually feel a bit better. I sometimes wish for a ‘freaky friday’ thing to happen and I’ll become the dog… 😉

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      • Yes, I wouldn’t mind being the dog either, although I can’t see the attraction in their dry kibble but they love it. Bilbo will only eat one cheap brand beef and veggies. Funny because he’ll eat almost any human food.
        Don’t think I’d like walking on a lead but other than that pretty good.

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          • We can all live in hope of being optimum weight! I’ll have to take the dogs for a walk this afternoon now the rain’s stopped. We’ve even has flashes of what might even be sunshine. I’ve forgotten what the sun is after all this rain! That unfortunately means that I need to go and brave the painting! Humph! xx Ro
            PS When I told my husband that I was off to make mistakes, he said: “Why should you be let off the hook?” He’s having another Monday by the sound of it! xx Ro

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