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.
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.
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.
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.